Jules Breton: La Falaise

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La Falaise, Jules Breton, (1827-1906, FRENCH), signed Jules Breton (lower left) , oil on canvas , 32 1/8 by 46 1/2 in., 81.6 by 118.1 cm, Source: Sotheby’s

Jules Breton, Realist Painter of Rustic Life

Jules Adolphe Aimé Louis Breton (1827 – 1906) was a 19th-century French Realist painter, poet, and writer born in Courrières, a small Pas-de-Calais village. He was one of the best known painters of his period in his native France, as well as England and the United States. The central ideals of Jules Breton’s paintings include respect for tradition, a love of the land, and a love for his native region.

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La Falaise, Jules Breton, (1827-1906, FRENCH), signed Jules Breton (lower left) , oil on canvas , 32 1/8 by 46 1/2 in., 81.6 by 118.1 cm, Source: Sotheby’s (detail).

First Visit to Brittany in 1865

Captivated by the hard-working peasants of Brittany,

Jules Breton visited Brittany for the first time in 1865, staying in and around the Baie de Douarnenez, one of throngs of travelers to France’s northwestern province, curious to experience firsthand its distinct region and its people who held firmly to the language, religion and cultural traditions of their sixth century Celtic ancestors.  The artist was immediately captivated by the area’s sandy beaches, rocky coastline, and the ever-changing Atlantic sweeping across the bays– the shifting blue-green of summer waters…

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Sources

Wikipedia contributors, “Jules Breton,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jules_Breton&oldid=865841852 (accessed January 24, 2019).

“Jules Breton”, Wikiwand, (accessed November 16, 2021)

Wikipedia contributors, “Brittany,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Brittany&oldid=854610293 (accessed September 21, 2018).

See More

Paintings by Jules Breton at Wikimedia Commons

Google Art Project works by Jules Breton

Jules Breton at Wikiart

Brittany at Wikiwand

Thanks for Visiting 🙂

~Sunnyside

6 Comments Add yours

  1. dorahak says:

    Oh how I love this one! Transports me right there, feeling the hard rock under my elbow, against my stomach, and the mesmerizing thunder of the waves.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. Same here, dorahak. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

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  2. Joyce Bowen says:

    Very beautiful. His color choices remind me of Vermeer to a certain extent.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Joyce. I love these colors, too. 🙂

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  3. stolzyblog says:

    lovely… how much simpler and easier it was a century and a half ago to gain purchase to the eternal by contemplating nature.

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    1. So true. I love your phrase “gain purchase to the eternal.” Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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