The Village Maidens

Village Maidens

The Village Maidens by Gustave Courbet

The Village Maidens by Gustave Courbet was produced in 1851–1852 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Realism movement. The work can be viewed now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): maid, village


The Village Maidens is an oil painting produced between 1851 and 1852 by the French painter Gustave Courbet.

The Village Maidens is also known by the name Young Ladies of the Village. This painting shows Courbet’s three sisters—Zélie, Juliette, and Zoé—strolling in a small valley near his native village of Ornans. The critics attacked it as repetitive, graceless, and traditional work. The painting followed realism as an execution-style and first exhibited at the Salon of 1952.

The work can be viewed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


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