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Winter
(L'Hiver)
(c. 1872-1873)

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
73.5 × 54.4 cm
Inscription
inscribed in red paint l.r.: G. Courbet
Accession Number
1227-3
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1922
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Gallery location
Not on display
Provenance

Probably acquired from the artist by Victor Chocquet (1821–91); collection of Mr and Mrs Victor Chocquet, Paris, until his death, 1891; by descent to Mrs Marie Chocquet (1837–99, widow of above), until 1899; included in the Veuve Chocquet sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1-4 July 1899, no. 36[1]; from where purchased by Galerie Durand-Ruel (dealer), Paris, 1899, stock no. 5348 (photo no. 3141)[2]; with Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, until 1921; from where purchased, on the advice of Frank Rinder, for the Felton Bequest, 2 November 1921; accessioned, 1922.

[1] See Catalogue des tableaux modernes par Cézanne, Courbet, Delacroix, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Tassaert, aquarelles & dessins, objets d'art et d'ameublement, Galerie Georges Petit (Commissioners Chevallier, Aulard, Briere and Mannheim), Paris, 1-4 July 1899, accessed https://archive.org/stream/georgespetit00gale#page/n49/mode/2up

[2] Email correspondence with Durand-Ruel, 4 July 2017.



In his 1867 exhibition Courbet showed a number of ‘paysages de neige’, or snowscapes, in which the white-blanketed landscape and the trowelled- on layers of white paint seemed as one. These innovative realist works inspired several young artists, including Monet, Pissarro, and Sisley to experiment with the new genre. Cézanne later stated: ‘He painted snow like no one else!’ Imprisoned and later exiled in Switzerland for his
republican activism during the Paris Commune of 1871, Courbet began allowing studio assistants to copy his paintings. Winter is accepted as authentic in the catalogue raisonné of Courbet’s oeuvre but its authorship has recently been debated.