GUSTAVE COURBET (French, 1819-77)
Fox in the Snow-1860
Oil on canvas 85.7 x 128cm
Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation of the Arts Collection, Mrs. John B. O'Hara Fund, 1979.7.FA
FOX IN THE SNOWWhere does a fox find food in winter?
What time of the day is it?
Is it windy or still?
The fox uses his amazing hearing and the magnetic field of the earth to locate his prey. If he faces north he will find something to eat.
From where did the fox pounce?
Why did Courbet choose this moment of the hunt?
Why does the fox arch his back?
Does the scene look real to you?
Can you feel the fur and the snow?
Courbet is a bit like a wild animal with a paintbrush. He is quick and rough and goes for the canvas with a palette knife laden with paint.
Watch this to see how Courbet may have painted: