Courbet and the Sea: Eyes on Nature in the 19th Century

Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art



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*Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art is temporarily closed from April 28(Wed) until further notice.

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) was one of the finest masters of the Realism movement in 19th century France. Courbet rejected the existing political and artistic institutions of his time, instead choosing to paint truthful and unidealized depictions of the world around him. Nevertheless, he drew high praise for the keen attention to detail and exceptional skill apparent in his many portrayals of the wilderness and fauna in his home region of Franche-Comté, as well as the sea of Normandy, on which he first laid eyes at the age of 22.

Courbet’s work as a landscape painter takes center stage in this exhibition, with a particular focus on a series of paintings titled The Wave that he began in the 1860s. Courbet and the Sea explores the distinctive characteristics of the seascape paintings by Courbet, produced during a time when the sea was becoming ever more accessible. To add context, the exhibition also showcases paintings from before Courbet’s time that depict the sea as an object of reverence, as well as paintings of the sea as a leisure destination by Courbet’s contemporaries such as Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet.

The approximately 60 pieces in this exhibition include works belonging to collections around Japan, as well as The Wave from the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans in France. Visitors are invited to enjoy Courbet’s depictions of the mighty ocean in a style that was seen as particularly “odd”—to borrow Courbet’s first impression of the ocean—when considered among other seascape paintings from the same period.

*To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please reserve the date and time of your visit in advance from the museum website.


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from April 10, 2021 to June 13, 2021
By appointment only.


Gustave Courbet et al.


Adults ¥1000; Seniors 65 & Over ¥900; University Students ¥700; High School and Junior High School Students ¥500; Elementary School Students and Under, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion Free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Note:Closed during the summer, New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.


Address: 4F Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Bldg., 1-5-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8301
Phone: 03-5777-8600

5 minute walk from exit 3 at Shiodome Station on the Toei Oedo line, 8 minute walk from the Shiodome exit of Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines, 6 minute walk from exit 2 at Shimbashi Station on the Ginza line.

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