A portrait of Gustave’s favorite sister in the possession of an art lover since 1987, pending its return to the artist’s native home, the Musée Courbet at Ornans, where it will be exhibited and curated.
Les Nouveaux Mécènes de Courbet’ s initial objective – collecting 250 000€ towards its acquisition-has been brought down to 210 000€, thanks to the owner’s generosity.
We are pleased to announce that the fundraising campaign is now closed- « Juliette » is finally hosted in the Courbet Museum at Ornans, her native home town.
Challenging, but we’ve done it! Thanks to our many generous contributors, be they private individuals, corporate entities, scholarly institutions.
Our thanks go out to you all, and in particular to :
Crédit Agricole Franche Comté et La Fondation du Crédit Agricole for their kind support.
Comméon, an online crowd-funding platform, for their assistance. A two-month support campaign was instrumental in reaching out to a large public.
« FONDATION GIANADDA », whose Président Léonard GIANADDA, was our first donor.
« LE FONDS DE DOTATION GROUPE GUILLIN », whose President, Mr François GUILLIN joined our partners in this project.
le FRAM and la DRAC
A rare work of art
This small-size painting (40 x 31,2 cm), monogrammed « b.d : GC. », inscribed “to my sister” on the wooden frame, represents Courbet’s sister, aged about twelve. This is probably the third portrait of Juliette as a young girl, coming after two small-size portraits (Musée Von der Heydt in Wuppertal; Fine Arts Museum of Buenos Aires), earlier than the more elaborate portrait performed in 1844, donated by Juliette to the city of Paris (Musée du Petit Palais). This is one of the few portraits by the young artist; it shows his interest for Ingres’ neoclassical painting that he copied in the Louvre.
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