For this week’s installment of Made-Up History, I have one of my favorite works by Gustave Courbet. It is a self-portrait done in 1845. I have no idea how the heck he did this in 1845. I have a hard enough time painting from several static and unmoving reference pictures. And the pose and expression! He was just so good, if a little full of himself.
Courbet was AWESOME. He took no shit from anyone and was often referred to as a savage. He valued freedom (liberté!) above all else, and was of the belief that artists should paint from their life, thus catapulting Realism as an art movement.
Also, he looked remarkably like Johnny Depp and Elijah Wood’s baby.
For my look, I did:
For the eyes, I used a combination of the white shadow from the bareMinerals READY 2.0 in The Scenic Route (“Breathtaking”), the NARS Duo in Paramaribo, and Galapagos and Night Clubbing from the NARS And God Created the Woman Palette.
I made my brows thicker and more unruly than usual. For cheeks, I used the ADDICTION Cheek Stick in Revenge, and for lips, I just dabbed MAC’s Ravishing all over my lips lightly. Very simple & easy.
And I really was trying to be non-smiley, like Gustave Courbet, but I couldn’t go through with it. Obviously:
I’m really liking these thicker brows, hmm…
Here are the products I’ve used. I also powdered my face with a Physician’s Formula translucent powder.
— Benefit Lemon Aid
— The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit (02)
— NARS Duo (Paramaribo)
— NARS Palette (And God Created the Woman)
— bareMinerals READY 2.0 (The Scenic Route)
— Addiction Cheek Stick (Revenge)
— MAC Lipstick (Ravishing)
— Brushes: elf Stipple Brush, Marionnaud stiff angled brush, Charm flat liner brush, Charm eyeshadow (?) brush), elf Blending Brush
I don’t claim to be a Courbet expert, but I am definitely a fan of a lot of his work. We went to see a special exhibit at the Met a few years ago, where I saw pieces like The Origin of the World, which is a picture of a woman’s vagina:
Last year, we saw it again when we visited the Musée d’Orsay, as well as The Artist’s Studio (L’Atelier du peintre): A Real Allegory of a Seven Year Phase in my Artistic and Moral Life, which is gigantic and marvelous. I did not expect it to be so huge.
Something that is kinda funny that I just wanted to share was when I was reading a book by Megan McCafferty. It was the last book of the series, and she was describing a photograph of one Marcus Flutie (boy of my high school dreams, lol) and she wrote the ff:
LOL. Check out my annotations. So intelligent.
Also, something funny I have stumbled upon while looking for that Courbet quote online was a blog post by Alix West, in which she recounts her experience reading McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series and her hatred for Courbet. It is very, very entertaining.
I’m probably a sucker for self-absorbed asshats, but definitely not in “people I know” terms.
Anyway, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my little post. I’m trying to do this frequently, aka once a week. Let’s see if I can. Sorry if there is a lack of curation with the posts. Do you guys want a more streamlined list of works, or is it fine that I jump around and pick whatever floats my boat?