The Desperate (Self-Portrait)
Gustave Courbet
The Desperate (Self-Portrait)
Gustave Courbet (French, Romanticism, 1819-1877): Le Désespéré (The Desperate, The Desperate Man), Self-Portrait, 1843-1845. Oil on canvas, 17-3/4 x 21-5/8 inches (45 x 55 cm). Private Collection. Courtesy of BNP Paribas Art Advisory / Photo: © Michel Nguyen



"I am fifty years old and I have always lived in freedom; let me end my life free; when I am dead let this be said of me: 'He belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, least of all to any régime except the régime of liberty." (Gustave Courbet, b. June 10, 1819)



(Romanticism, prior to the development of his Realism Style)