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Like 'Apple, Pear and Orange and Fruit', also in the collection of Glasgow Museums, this small still life was painted during Courbet's short period of imprisonment in Sainte-Pélagie during the winter of 1871. He had been found guilty of assisting with the destruction of the Vendôme Column during the Commune. In his letters to friends and relatives, Courbet complains that the prison authorities will not allow him to work in the way he wants. In a letter written on October 25 he complains, 'They just authorized me to paint in my cell without leaving it, without any kind of light or model. Their authorization is useless for in that case I have no other motifs than God Almighty and the Holy Virgin'.

People’s Palace and Winter Gardens






oil on panel


H 26.7 x W 34.9 cm

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gift from Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944

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