Courbet, The Interior of My Studio: A Real Allegory Summing Up Seven Years of My Life as an Artist from 1848 to 1855
Over this period Courbet struggled to free himself from the style of his romantic predecessors. He wanted to embark on a new artistic phase in which his subject matter would reflect the reality of french society. The painting showed society at its best, its worst, and its average. Courbet identifies the group on the left with his past and those on the right with his present and future. It was showed at Courbet's own exhibition in 1855.