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Max Buchon was a friend of Gustave Courbet Max wrote an essay to publicize Courbets painting of the stonebreakers and a burial at Ornan He wrote about the two paintings what he thought about them and what the author thought about them He also talked about how these paintings were so very realistic in the way the showed the bourgeoisie life He also argued about Courbet not being a socialist as people thought he was He showed why he thought that and what Courbet really intended to do Buchon starts off by talking about the stonebreakers painting He says that the painting represents two life-like figures alpha and the omega He describes the characters of the painting as that poor worker you know He calls the kid in the picture stupid because misery often leads too stupidity After describing the child he describes the old man in the picture Saying that he is good and a hard worker that probably gives a puff of his smoke to strangers he meets He describes how good he is because of experience but also how tired he gets because of his old age How he works even in holidays to earn money to eat by paving the road for mankind passing by Buchon seems disturbed by the thought of the stonebreakers not being part of the artist imagination but actually real people that he sees every day Then he goes to talk about what he calls Courbets principal work of the year a burial at Ornans Max seems fascinated by the amount of work put in by the artist for a burial at Ornans He tells us how big it is and life like it is because he has seen those people in Ornans He says they are wearing traditional outfits and that there are many people in the painting but you still have to look at the gravedigger Again Buchon is concerned with the poorest of the
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