Jules Bastien-Lepage

Jules Bastien-Lepage

1848 - 1884

Jules Bastien-Lepage was a French painter closely associated with the beginning of naturalism, an artistic style that grew out of the Realist movement and paved the way for the development of impressionism. Émile Zola described Bastien-Lapage's work as "impressionism corrected, sweetened and adapted to the taste of the crowd."His en plein air depictions of peasant life in the countryside were highly influential on many international artists, including George Clausen in England and Tom Roberts in Australia. He also won renown for his history paintings, among the most famous being Joan of Arc, now held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in

New York.

Bastien-Lepage was born in the village of Damvillers, Meuse, and spent his childhood there. Bastien's father grew grapes in a vineyard to support the family. His grandfather also lived in the village; his garden had espaliered fruit trees of apple, pear, and peach up against the high walls. Bastien took an early liking to drawing, and his parents fostered his creativity by buying prints of paintings for him to copy.

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