Gustave Courbet was a painter of French realism who found inspiration for his portraits and captivating scenes in his hometown, Ornans. The controversial style of his paintings quickly made him a prominent topic of conversation in the art salons of his time. Courbet’s works were of a haunting realism that made seemingly simple motives into profound messages. With their depth, beauty and strong emotions these paintings are true eye-catchers. If you pick a canvas print, it will seem as if Courbet himself hung the painting on your wall.