Gustave Courbet and Belgium Realism of the 'living art' to the 'free art'

Focus exhibition


The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels present a focus exhibition on Gustave Courbet and Belgium, devoted to the receipt of Courbet’s work in the country during the years 1850, 1860 and 1870.

This focus exhibition is structured around the six paintings of Courbet from our own museum collection. These exquisite landscapes and portraits are confronted with a selection of paintings by other Belgian Realistic artists and  supplemented by some interesting loans. The exhibition contains about twenty paintings, drawings and other graphic documents.

The purpose is unedited. It brings to light the travels of Courbet to Belgium and his participation to the Salons and exhibitions of the Belgian artistic circles. It also investigates his impact on the young artists and art critics, as well as his fortune nearby the collectors and art dealers of the country.

Practical informations


Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapstraat 3
1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 508 32 11


Tuesday – Sunday : 10:00-17:00
Ticket sales close at 16:30


Free admission with a ticket for the permanent collection