The Stone Breakers

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The Stone Breakers
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Destroyed during World War II
Artist Gustave Courbet
Year 1849 (1849)
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 170 cm × 240 cm (65 in × 94 in)

The Stone Breakers (French: Les Casseurs de pierres) was an 1849 painting by the French painter Gustave Courbet.[1] It was a work of social realism, depicting two peasants, a young man and an old man, breaking rocks.[2][3]

The painting was first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1850. It was destroyed during World War II, along with 154 other pictures, when a transport vehicle moving the pictures to the castle of Königstein, near Dresden, was bombed by Allied forces in February 1945.