Gustave Courbet is one of the most important French painters of the XIXth century. This enfant terrible is full of contradictions and can be as endearing as annoying. Filmed in Paris, his Ornans native city and Switzerland – where he spent his last days in exile, this piece aims to better understand the paintings of this precursor of modern art by getting to know the human being itself. Archives and interviews with psychoanalysts and doctors will shed a new light, on the painter’s work. Gustave Courbet never ceases to amaze us!