« To paint a country, you have to know it. I know my country, I paint it. The undergrowth, it is ours. This river is the Loue. Go and see it and you will see my painting ». If Courbet himself is telling us to go, we can’t refuse! Let us first go to Ornans where the painter was born and is buried and where a splendid museum pays tribute to him. Next, let us stop at Flagey in the intimate setting of his family’s farm. Then we can follow his footsteps along the Courbet Trails. They provide the opportunity to explore his work in situ thanks to 7 panels installed right where the painter himself, nearly 200 years earlier, placed his easel. More avid fans will have to wait until 2019 to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth with celebrations centring around a major exhibition in Ornans orchestrated by the former president–director of the Louvre.