At the Source: A Courbet Landscape Rediscovered

February 4 – May 28, 2023

The Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, presents the exhibition At the Source: A Courbet Landscape Rediscovered  (February 4 – May 28, 2023) celebrating the discovery and authentication of a painting, La Source du Lison, c. 1865, by Gustave Courbet that is a 1912 bequest of Dr. Thomas W. Evans. This focused scholarly exhibition examines Courbet’s landscapes of the Lison, in which the artist rendered the rugged topography and natural beauty of the Jura region, near his home in Ornans, France.  His landscapes celebrate the region’s Jurassic rocks, waterfalls and grottos. The exhibition also includes related ephemera including a guidebook, geological research, and postcards of these exceptional sites.

Published on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Arthur Ross Gallery, the accompanying catalogue At the Source: a Courbet Landscape Rediscovered features new scholarship by renowned Courbet scholars Petra Ten-Doesschate Chu, Paul Galvez, Mary Morton, André Dombrowski and art writer and critic Aruna D’Souza. These essays consider Courbet’s landscapes within the genre of 19th century landscape painting and in relation to other artists’ depictions of the Lison while making connections to Courbet’s political activism and engagement with gender issues.

A series of special programs and events are planned.