The Stone Breakers  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Stone Breakers (Les Casseurs de pierres) was an 1849–50 painting by the French painter Gustave Courbet, first presented in the Paris Salon of 1850. It was a work of social realism, depicting two peasants, a young man and an old man, breaking rocks.

It was destroyed during World War II, along with 154 other pictures, when a transport vehicle moving the pictures to the castle of Königstein was bombed by Allied forces in February 1945.

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