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.
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…Sotheby’s
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- Jules Breton
- LA FALAISE
- 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
- Link: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2019/european-art-n10009/lot.408.html
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Paintings by Jules Breton at Wikimedia Commons
Brittany at Wikiwand
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