Gustave Courbet's Le Park du Rochemont offered on July 12

A 19th century European art sale at Christie's will feature Gustave Courbet's Le Park du Rochemont (1862).

Gustave Coubert Rochemont
Gustave Coubert pioneered the 19th century French realist movement

Courbet painted it while staying with a friend in the Saintonge region of France.

Best known for his L'Origine du monde (The Origin of the World), a frankly erotic portrait of a woman's nether regions, Courbet was a pioneering artist and a major influence on subsequent generations.

His work has grown in value of late, with a new record of $15.3m set at Christie's last year for a work titled Femme Nue Couchee.

The present lot is valued at £250,000-350,000 ($332,250-465,150) ahead of the July 12 sale in London.

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