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Name of piece Burial at Ornans Name of artist Gustave Courbet Date produced 1849 I first look at Burial at Ornans and take a dislike to it I see a painting of a small group of people with grim expressions on their faces The piece is oil on canvas Its simply painted perhaps a palette knife has been used and the colours are harsh and real with definite edges and colour changes Space has been used well with the majority of the detail across the middle length of the piece leaving the top and bottom lengths rather plain and empty to signify the ground and skies The piece is balanced well the people are all standing on mutual ground and are roughly similar height The artist has proportioned the people adequately to complement the size of the canvas with plenty of room around the to add background detail The piece is of a group of people wearing black and a priest they are presumably at a funeral The expressions on their faces are dismal as they stand and mourn for someone on that gloomy day The artist doesnt appear to be conveying a message he has just painted what he has seen The piece expressed sadness and mourning The misery of the people and the overcast day work hand in hand together creating a twice as poignant scene as if either one had not existed The artist has used the characteristics of the above two stages well He as painted what he saw and as I can only assume this is exactly what he saw he painted it superbly He has captured the feeling of the people at the funeral and exerts these feelings to their full potential Courbet only painted one way he was a realist He painted what he saw and tried to capture the feeling of the now and not the later or the earlier He had a particular interest
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