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February 21–May 14, 2006 at the Getty Center

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Artist-at-Work Demonstrations

Artist Richard Houston demonstrates painting materials and techniques use by 19th-century Realist painters with a focus on Gustave Courbet.

Thursdays and Sundays from March 16–April 20, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Curators' Gallery Talks

Talks are held at 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibitions Pavilion. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall at the Getty Center.

Charlotte Eyerman, co-curator of the exhibition, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.
Tuesday, March 7

Mary Morton, associate curator of paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition.
Thursday, April 20

Exhibition Tours

One-hour exhibition overviews, led by gallery teachers and curators, are offered Tuesdays–Sundays at 1:30 p.m. beginning February 28. Meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Family Festival

At this festival inspired by the exhibition, hear music from the French provinces, dive into picturesque folktales and make your own landscape inspired by the Getty's dramatic setting.

Saturday, March 25, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Courtyard

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Gallery Course

Human Nature: Courbet, Adams, and the Mystery of Modern Landscape
Join Museum educators Mary Beth Carosello and Jeremy Glatstein in this two-part gallery course exploring the mystery behind landscapes and landscape art throughout the ages. Participants visit three exhibitions: Courbet and the Modern Landscape, Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance, and Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th-Century Motion Picture.
Course fee $20; open to 50 participants. Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

Sundays, March 12 & 19, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Studio Course

Gustave Courbet and the Landscape
Join instructors Richard Houston and Jaime Ursic for this two-part painting workshop focusing on Courbet's approach to landscape. Using water-soluble oil paints, participants investigate Courbet's compositional strategies and paint application and analyze how his extraordinary innovations and technical virtuosity influenced future generations of French painters.
Course fee $65; students $50. Open to 25 participants.
Call (310) 440-7300 to sign up.

Tuesdays, April 4 & 11; Sundays, April 23 & 30; and Tuesdays, April 25 & May 2; 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios


Looking at Courbet's Landscapes: Modernism and the Market
In this day-long symposium, a group of international art experts discusses issues raised by the exhibition. Paintings conservators, scholars, and museum curators shed light on Courbet's landscape oeuvre and debate his contribution to the history of modern painting. Call (310) 440-7300 to register.
Fee $25; seniors/students $15. Open to 75 participants.

Saturday, March 18, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall


Listen to curators and artists discuss Courbet's technique, influences, and legacy on the Audio Player, available in the Museum Entrance Hall. You can also watch a video about Courbet's innovative approach to landscape painting at a GettyGuide station, located in the gallery pavilions and West Pavilion GettyGuide Room.

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The Artist's Artist: Courbet's Legacy in the Twentieth Century
Charlotte Eyerman, co-curator of Courbet and the Modern Landscape, traces Courbet's impact on 20th-century artists and critics and considers how subsequent generations of artists have responded to Courbet's work and to his landscapes in particular.

Thursday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Courbet's Landscapes and Impressionism
Richard Brettell, professor of art history at the University of Texas at Dallas and noted authority on 19th-century French painting, considers the delayed effect that Courbet's landscapes had on Impressionism—due both to his exile from France and to the long period between his death and the 1882 posthumous exhibition in Paris devoted to his work.

Sunday, March 19, 4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

How Landscape Means: Courbet and His Territory
Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, explains how Courbet created works with multiple meanings by depicting landscape elements in an apparently neutral manner. She shows how regional history and local politics shed light on the symbolic meaning of Courbet's landscapes.

Thursday, April 6, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Performing Nature: Courbet's Revolutionary Landscape Painting
Mary Morton, associate curator of paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, focuses on Gustave Courbet's career during the electric decade of the 1860s in Paris. While Courbet's reputation was forged by his figural works of the late 1840s and 1850s, the majority of his paintings depict landscapes, many of them created during the second half of his life. Courbet's radical innovations in technique and composition encouraged the ascendance of landscape as the avant-garde genre, thus initiating a powerful strain of Modernism.

Sunday, April 23, 4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Gordon Getty Concert
Paris Piano Trio

Three of France's greatest musicians—Regis Pasquier, Roland Pidoux, and Jean-Claude Pennetier—have been playing chamber music together since they were students at the Paris Conservatory. They present a distinctly French evening of 19th-century works by Debussy, Faure and Chausson to complement the exhibition.
Tickets $20; students/seniors $15

Thursday, March 2, 8:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Point-of-View Talks

Talks are held at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. in the Museum galleries. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Pam Posey, a Los Angeles artist whose paintings draw from and reinterpret traditional ideas of landscape, discusses Courbet's influence on contemporary artists in a tour of the exhibition.

Friday, March 3

Anthony Friedkin, an internationally recognized photographer known for his photographic essays of the ocean and California surf culture, explores Courbet's landscapes, seascapes, and the burgeoning field of landscape photography of mid-19th-century France.

Friday, April 7