Why are Courbet and Manet considered so revolutionary?

First of all, Manet is considered the first modern artist. This is because he first started depicting scenes that were possibly risqué but instead of being on topics of gods and history they were pictures of contemporary subjects. Courbet was similar.

The picture I have included here shows a common funeral of his time. He was chronicaling life as it was lived instead of an imagined life or time of the great periods past. This was never done before they did and certainly not on canvasses as large as they used. This work by Courbet called A Burial At Ornans {Un enterrement à Ornans} and is impressive to see in person as it is 21.916 feet wide and 10.3346 feet tall. We were lucky enough to see it in Paris as they were restoring it.

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