Gustave Courbet
(Ornans, 1819-1877, La-Tour-de-Peilz)
Portrait of a Hunter, ca. 1858
Oil on canvas, 70 x 60 cm
Signed lower right: Courbet
Fernier 71
The head is turned left in profile, as though appearing in a window; it stands out in relief, as it were, against the dark background. The relief-like quality is further reinforced by the high, broad-brimmed hat, which contrasts sharply with the background.