Date created: c.1844
Dimensions: 17.71 x 21.65 inches
Current ownership: Private Collection, PNB Parabis
The main features of the painting are:
Realism: Courbet captures the likeness of the subject.
Light and Shadow (Value): The values convey a significant amount of information about the subject. There is also a powerful contrast between light and shadow.
Drama: The painting commands attention through the use of contrast and the closeness of the composition.
Anatomy and Form: The key structures, bones, muscles, pinches, and contours are accurate.
Below are the main colors used in the painting. Copy the hex code for use in Photoshop or other editing software.
Below is the painting with a grid over the top so we can analyze it in terms of the rule of thirds. The grid lines and intersections are considered aesthetically pleasing areas.
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