Gustave Courbet (French, 1819–1877)
Oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 29 1/4 in. (120 x 74.3 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.58)
Courbet's The Source, painted in a naturalistic style and devoid of the trappings of academic allegory, may have been a response to Ingres's La Source (1856; MusÉe d'Orsay, Paris), which was exhibited at the Galerie Martinet in 1861. Courbet's version is thought to date to 1862.