Julien Dupre. (1851 - 1910).
Julien Dupre moves very
early towards a career of painter. He makes Beautiful arts in the
workshops of Desired François Laugée, then of Isidore Pils and Henri
Lechmann. He binds friendship with Georges Laugée.
In the line of
Jean-François Millet and Jules Breton he excels in realistic painting
with Leon Lhermitte, Jules Bastien-Lepage and Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret. He
becomes a good animalist painter. He is very demanding in his art,
observes with smoothness and truth the life of the peasants whom he
reproduces in his fabrics with fidelity and has a gift to play with the
colors, the shades the light and to give life, force and movement on his
subjects. He observes and paints with fidelity the life of the peasants
while exploiting lighting. He gives much relief to his works, accentuating
the effects to give them dynamism.
He paints the
agricultural work in their hard reality and complicity between the man and
the animal. The characters are not fixed in academic installations but are
in displacement and often acting, in the effort as in the rest, thus
showing their humanity. The landscapes, although imaginary in most case,
take as a starting point the Picardy countryside in the area of
Saint-Quentin and Nauroy.
He known and is quickly
recognized in the United States where he sells many fabrics which, today,
decorate the Museums. Its works are still very appraisals.
In 1892, it receives the
Legion of Honor.