Status quo — what's that?
"I have never seen angels. Show me an angel and I will paint one."
Writings by Gustave Courbet
Letters by Gustave Courbet1870
I quite like the subject of violent exercise. It makes the most surprising painting you can imagine.
Realist Manifesto — An Open Letter1861
Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist of the representation of real and existing things