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The Greyhounds of the Comte de Choiseul

Artist
Gustave Courbet, French, 1819–1877
Date
1866
Material
Oil on canvas
Depicts
Deauville, Basse-Normandie, France, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 205
Dimensions
35 1/4 x 45 7/8 in. (89.5 x 116.5 cm)
framed: 45 1/2 × 56 1/8 × 3 5/8 in. (115.6 × 142.6 × 9.2 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
168:1953
NOTES
Here, Gustave Courbet shows two greyhounds with an aristocratic bearing. Perhaps they reflect characteristics of their owner, the young Count de Choiseul, who had proudly commissioned their portrait. The artist was a noted animal painter and often represented animals with human-like emotions. The elegant greyhounds are viewed from below to emphasize their height. They are silhouetted against the expansive shore of Deauville on the Normandy coast in France, where Courbet spent the summer of 1866 as a guest of the Count.
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