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Hunting Dogs by Jean-Dsir-Gustave Courbet is the first painting I looked at and I was created in 1867 The painting is oil on canvas and the size of it is 3612 x 58 inch Courbet paints two dogs and a dead hare in the woods The woods are becoming dark and the sun is setting The painting is dark and gloomy except for the quarreling dogs that the sun is directly setting on With fine brushstrokes he sets a depressing mood because of the choice of dark colors This picture is a very good example of its times because many paintings at that time told stories The stories they told is what many people believed but no one dared to say in paintings or even words This painting shows realism that Courbet is known for The paintings that he creates are realistic and have prefect illusion of space and matter Courbet goes against many painters of his time because of the dangerous views that he takes but he sets a trend for others like Edouard Manet In the landscape there is nothing except dark woods But the dark woods are what make the picture so terrific The landscape is magnificent you can tell that these dogs are at the edge of the woods or in a clearing because behind them you can see the sun setting The first time I looked at this picture it looked like the sun was setting right in front of me This is a large picture and at first glance it seems to have some light from the little sun in the picture and the lights shinning on the picture in the museum But as I stared deeper into the picture it just kept getting darker and darker and that is where the mood is set Without the landscape it would be impossible to set the mood because the lighting in this picture is the most important element There
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