The spring grotto of the Loue, a tributary stream of the Doubs flowing through Ornans, has been painted several times by Courbet. The larger version, painted in 1864 and located at the Kunsthalle Hamburg, shares the closest relationship to the Zurich painting (98 x 130.5 cm; Robert Fernier: La vie et l'oeuvre de Gustave Courbet. Catalogue raisonné (Lausanne/Paris 1978), no. 394).


  • Title: The Source of the Loue
  • Creator: Gustave Courbet
  • Creator Lifespan: 1819 – 1877
  • Creator Death Place: La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland
  • Creator Birth Place: Ornans, France
  • Date Created: 1863
  • Physical Dimensions: 84 x 106,5 cm
  • Type: painting
  • External Link: Kunsthaus Zürich, Online Collection
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Movement: Realism
  • Original title: La Source de la Loue
  • Inventory number: 1946/0011
  • Credit line: Kunsthaus Zürich, 1946

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