Courbet’s Landscapes: The Origins of Modern Painting Book Design

We were commissioned by Yale University Press to design a new book– Courbet’s Landscapes: The Origins of Modern Painting, by Paul Galvez.   Between 1862 and 1866, Gustave Courbet painted a series of sensual landscapes that would later inspire the likes of Monet, Pissarro, and Cezanne. This series was long neglected in favour of his paintings of rural French Life, until Paul Galvez produced Courbet’s Landscapes: The Origins of Modern Painting.  

Galvez’s original and engaging book explores this breath-taking series of paintings, delving into Courbet’s bold experiments and landscape paintings to argue their importance in later developments in French Modernism and aligning him with contemporary developments in geology, history, linguistics, and literature.

Our design approach brings to life Galvez’s ground-breaking insight through large-scale imagery and bold typography to bring Courbet’s work into the modern arena.

We really enjoyed designing this book with its rich history and unique perspective. It’s available online to be discovered and explored.

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