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French painter a focus at BC museum

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The 19th-century French painter Gustave Courbet never traveled as far as the United States, but evidence suggests he probably would have enjoyed the trip. He counted many American art collectors among his greatest devotees.

Members of the Allston Club, a salon devoted to fine art, and Isabella Stewart Gardener were among the early American purchasers of his work, and a hunting scene purchased by the Allston Club now hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts.

So presumably the artist would be delighted to know that he will be honored and feted in the upcoming weeks at Boston College, where the McMullen Museum of Art is hosting the most comprehensive exhibition of his work ever offered in the United States.

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