Monday, January 18, 2016

Returning from the Fields (1871)

Jules Breton: Returning From the Fields

Although often associated with the Barbizon school, Breton favored a more idealized treatment of his subjects and a more polished style of painting. In this rural scene, probably set in the artist's native Pas-de-Calais, north of Paris, three young women return from the fields at dusk. Their idealized forms contrast markedly with the harshness of Millet's depictions of peasant life. [The Walters Art Museum]

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