Jules Breton: La Falaise

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…

Jean-François Millet: Calling Home the Cattle (late 1850s)

This painting brings back fond memories of my grandparents’ small farm and the people who shaped my childhood. If I shut my eyes and unplug the electronics, I can feel the utter peace of the twilight hillside at the foot of the Great Smokey Mountains. It is nearing sunset, and Grandaddy brings the cows up…