. . . Going directly to Nature as he finds her, without any trace of academic training or composition, he renders the charm of things, of objects as they are seen, with wonderful fidelity and truth; a harmony, richness, and depth of color comparable alone to Titian, an execution only surpassed by Velasquez. Courbet is one of the strongest and most original artists ever produced in France. Simple, unconscious, accessible and familiar, his sturdy strength and republican freedom of character are best evidenced and illustrated in the honesty and frankness, the power and independence of his works. He is, without doubt, destined to be the founder of a great school. Like all original men, he excites controversy by the boldness of his thinking, the complete independence and great strength of his style; but he is held in profound admiration by the students whose powers and taste he is moulding, as well as by the critics, Theophile Gautier, Edmond About, Dumas, and all the best minds in France. Decamps, De La Roche, Delacroix, Troyon, and Vernet are dead; but while France produces artists of the genius of Courbet, her school need not fear but that it will still stand at the head of the modern schools of painting of the world, pre-eminent. [Pp. 3-4.]
Catalogue. Allston Club, First Exhibition, 1866. Price of Catalogue, 25 cents. Printed by Alfred Mudge & Son, 34 School Street.