Gustave Courbet (koor-BAY) painted common people he saw in the French countryside. The painting here is titled Girls Sifting Corn. Like Friedrich, Courbet had something to say about an artist's subject matter:
An abstract object, invisible or nonexistent, does not belong to the domain of painting.
Show me an angel and I'll paint one.
a. How does Courbet's choice of subject matter indicate the movement he helped found? How does the style of painting indicate the movement?
b. How do Courbet's statements about subject matter compare to Friedrich's statements?