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The Apostle Jean Journet

A work made of lithograph in black on wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lithograph in black on wove paper.




Gustave Courbet
French, 1819-1877

About this artwork

Jean Journet was a nineteenth-century secular evangelist who traveled throughout France and Belgium preaching on behalf of the Fourier movement, a form of utopian socialism that aspired to the creation of social harmony. This portrait of Journet is surrounded by verses intended to be sung by the reader as a moralizing call to change. Courbet’s use of this format of text combined with image-more commonly found in crude, popular woodcuts-signals his solidarity with the movement and its popular roots.


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Gustave Courbet


The Apostle Jean Journet


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1850


Lithograph in black on wove paper


Image: 24 × 17 cm (9 1/2 × 6 3/4 in.); Sheet: 47.2 × 34.2 cm (18 5/8 × 13 1/2 in.)

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John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

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