In 1839 Courbet moved to Paris and copied older art at the Louvre (Caravaggio). His work was also influenced by the art of Rembrandt and Frans Hals. He painted portraits, still lifes, landscapes, seascapes, female nudes and contemporary social issues. In his works he attempts to represent persons and scenes as they really appear. Courbet coined the term Realism to define his interest in the actual circumstances of his day.
Gustave Courbet had a great influence on impressionist painters like Renoir.
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In 1872 he moved to Switzerland where he died in 1877 after painting the rough Swiss terrain.