[Published in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts.] [n.d. c.1859.]
Etching, with large margins. Plate 178 x 133mm. 7 x 5¼".
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), the French Romantic composer. It was through mediations of Francis Wey, a great friend of Berlioz, that the musician agreed to sit for a portrait at Courbet's studio in 1850. Courbet must have been delighted at such an opportunity. Berlioz, then aged about forty-five years old, was an important figure on the artistic scene, and was a good friend of Victor Hugo, whom Courbet admired. However, the meeting was not a success. Berlioz was a secretive man, easily offended. Courbet, on the other hand, prided himself on his musical ability, and took advantage of the composer's presence to demonstrate his talents as a singer.
The original oil is in the Musee d'Orsay, Paris.
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