Gustave Courbet, 1868 - The Woman in the Waves - fine art print

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Artwork information from the museum (© Copyright - The Metropolitan Museum of Art -

Between 1864 and 1868 Courbet undertook a series of paintings of the female nude. He could not have failed to witness the triumph of Alexandre Cabanel's Birth of Venus (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) at the Salon of 1863, along with the popularity of similar representations by Cabanel's fellow academicians. Here, Courbet evokes the myth of Venus, the goddess born of the sea, but slyly subverts convention by depicting the model’s underarm hair—an element of realism amplified by the almost palpable quality of her flesh.

Structured table of the work of art

Title of the artwork: "The Woman in the Waves"
Classification: painting
Category: modern art
Artwork century: 19th century
Created: 1868
Age of artwork: 150 years old
Original medium: oil on canvas
Original dimensions: 25 3/4 x 21 1/4 in (65,4 x 54 cm)
Museum / collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum location: New York City, New York, United States of America
Web URL: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Artwork license type: public domain
Courtesy of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Artwork creditline: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Contextual artist information

Artist name: Gustave Courbet
Other artist names: Gustave Courbet, קורבה גוסטב, courbet g., Courbet G., gustav courbet, Courbet Jean Desire Gustave, courbet gustav, Courbet Gustave, Courbet, Courbet Jean-Desire-Gustave, Gust. Courbet, courbert, G. Courbet, Kurbe Gi︠u︡stav, courbet gustave
Gender of the artist: male
Nationality of artist: French
Jobs: sculptor, painter, communard
Country: France
Classification of the artist: modern artist
Styles: Realism
Lifespan: 58 years
Born: 1819
Born in (place): Ornans, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, France
Died in the year: 1877
Town of death: La Tour-de-Peilz, Vaud, Switzerland

Item details

Article type: fine art reproduction
Method of reproduction: digital reproduction
Production process: digital printing (UV direct print)
Product Origin: produced in Germany
Stock type: on demand
Intended product use: wall picture, home décor
Orientation of the image: portrait format
Image aspect ratio: 1 : 1.2 (length : width)
Implication of image aspect ratio: the length is 20% shorter than the width
Product material variants: metal print (aluminium dibond), poster print (canvas paper), canvas print, acrylic glass print (with real glass coating)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) size variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47", 150x180cm - 59x71"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) options: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Poster print (canvas paper) variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Aluminium dibond print options: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Frame: no frame

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  • Acrylic glass print: An print on acrylic glass, often referenced as a plexiglass print, will transform the artwork into beautiful décor. In addition to that, it offers a distinct alternative to aluminium and canvas art prints. Your favorite artwork is made with modern UV direct print technology. The major upside of a plexiglass print is that contrasts and also minor color details will be more exposed because of the very fine tonal gradation of the print. Our acrylic glass protects your selected art replica against sunlight and external influences for many years.
  • Canvas print: The canvas print, which shall not be mistaken with a real painting on a canvas, is a digital image printed from an industrial printer. Your canvas of your favorite work of art will allow you to transform your new art print into a large artpiece as you would see in a gallery. Canvas prints are relatively low in weight, meaning that it is easy to hang the Canvas print without extra wall-mounts. A canvas print is suitable for any type of wall.
  • Poster print (canvas material): A poster is a UV printed canvas paper with a fine surface structure, which resembles the original artwork. Please note, that depending on the absolute size of the poster we add a white margin of something between 2-6cm round about the painting to facilitate the framing with your custom frame.
  • Aluminium dibond: An Aluminium Dibond print is a material with an outstanding effect of depth. A direct Aluminium Dibond Print is your best start to fine art prints on aluminum. For the Direct Print On Aluminum Dibond, we print the chosen artwork right onto the surface of the white-primed aluminum material. Colors are bright and luminous, the fine details of the print are very clear, and you can notice a matte appearance of the surface.

General article info

This 19th century artwork "The Woman in the Waves" was painted by the male French painter Gustave Courbet in 1868. The beyond 150 year-old original version was made with the absolute size: 25 3/4 x 21 1/4 in (65,4 x 54 cm) and was made with the techinque of oil on canvas. Today, this piece of art is included in the The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection, which is one of the world's largest and finest art museums, which includes more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.. We are happy to reference that the work of art, which is in the public domain is being supplied with courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929. Also, the work of art has the following creditline: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929. In addition to this, the alignment of the digital reproduction is in portrait format and has a side ratio of 1 : 1.2, which means that the length is 20% shorter than the width. Gustave Courbet was a male painter, sculptor, communard of French nationality, whose art style can mainly be classified as Realism. The painter was born in 1819 in Ornans, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, France and passed away at the age of 58 in 1877.

Legal disclaimer: We try what we can in order to describe our products as exact as possible and to demonstrate them visually in our shop. Please keep in mind that the tone of the print materials, as well as the printing may vary to a certain extent from the representation on your screen. Depending on your settings of your screen and the nature of the surface, not all colors will be printed 100% realistically. In view of the fact that all are printed and processed manually, there may as well be minor deviations in the motif's size and exact position.

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