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Julien Dupré (1851 - 1910)

Working during the last half of the 19th century, Julien Dupré was an artist, considered by most, to be one of the leading exponents of the second genera­tion of Realist painters; a group that also includes Leon Lhermitte, Jules Bastien-Lepage and Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret.  Like J.F. Millet and J. Breton, before them, these artists devoted their artistic careers to the depiction of the toils of the French peasant - often seen hard at work in the fields.  As Hollister Sturges states in Jules Breton and the French Rural Tradition (1982, Joslyn Art Museum):          

 Salon critics rightly perceived Julien Dupré as Breton's closest follower.  Through idealization of form, he invested his peasant  women with  a heroic aura, though unlike his predecessor, his figures are usually engaged in vigorous action.  His landscapes, with their cloudy skies and varied motifs, are also much more active.  Their high key color and spontaneous brushwork have a vivacity and freshness that distinguishes them from the somber calm of Breton's scenes. 


Dupré's most enduring and powerful image is that of a single, Herculean, female, positioned dramatical­ly and elegantly in the foreground of the paint­ing, pitching hay.  His finely modeled figures pay tribute to his academic training, as well as his study of the works of Breton and Bouguereau; while his freer handling of the back­ground areas, at times done with a palette knife, shows the influence of the Impressionists.

Dupré received his artistic training in the academic studios of Isidore Pils, Desire-Francois Laugée and Henri Lehmann.  He exhibited his first painting at the Paris Salon in 1876 and thereafter, became a regular exhibitor until his death in 1910.  In 1880 he was awarded a third-class medal for Faucheurs de Luzerne and in 1881 he received a second-class medal for his La Recolte des Foins.  He was honored with a gold medal at the Paris Fair of 1889 and in 1892 was awarded the Legion of Honor.  His work was sought after internationa­lly and he found a good market in the United States.  In 1891 Marion H. Speilman, in his article entitled "The White Cow" (The Magazine of Art, 1891, Vol. 14, p. 415), describes Dupré as:

...one of the most rising artists of the French School.  H e is individual in his work, accurate as an observer, earnest as a painter, healthy in his instincts and intensely artistic in his impressions and translations of them... he is always one of the attractions at the Salon.


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cknowledging his mastery at portraying both animals and humans powerful­ly, yet gracefully, one cannot help but pay tribute to his immense talent in being able to re-create nature's light on canvas - a feat that many have attempted but few have succeeded in accompl­ish­ing.  Whether it is the light filtering through a group of trees onto the figures and animals below or the warm effulgent sun bathing the lush French countrys­i­de, Dupré is always true to nature.

Speilman goes on to remark that:
In The White Cow which was amongst the finest works in last year's Salon, several of M. Dupré's merits as a painter are exemplified. The cow - taking a patient and intelligent interest in the operation of milking - is superbly drawn, and her expression admirably rendered.  The light and shade, the balance of composition, and the rendering and disposition of the figures combine in this picture to produce a canvas which pleases the spectator the more he examines it.

 

Works in public collections (partial listing)

Haying Scene (1884) - St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO.
The Haymakers (1886) - Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA.
Return From the Fields (n.d.) - Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE.
In Pasture (1882) - Washington University Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Haying Scene (1882) - Washington University Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Young Woman Watering Cattle - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
Haymaking (1892) - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
Children Feeding Geese (1881) - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
Peasant Girl with Sheep - The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA.
Milking Time - The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA.
Women in the Fields - Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME.
The Young Shepherdess - San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA.
In the Pasture (1883) - University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY.
Le Ballon (1886) - Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, Reading, PA.

 
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Laitiere Gardant ses Vaches
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Oil on canvas
17 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
A Moments Rest
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15 x 22 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
At the Well
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15 x 22 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Femme et vaches par l'eau
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18 x 24 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Femme Versant a Boire
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Oil on canvas
25 ½ x 32 inches
Signed and dated 1882
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Harvesters Loading the Cart
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18 x 24 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Haying
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Oil on panel
14 3/4 x 18 1/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
La bergere
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21 5/8 x 18 1/8 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
La Faneuse
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26 x 32 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
La Fenaison
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23 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
La Fermiere
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24 x 29 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
La Moisson
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Oil on canvas
25 ½ x 32 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Laitiere
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15 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Le Dejeuner de Faneuses
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Oil on canvas
22 x 26 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Le Repos
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28 x 18 1/2 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Le Repos dans les Champs
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Oil on panel
26 x 32 inches
Signed and dated 1887
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Le Temps de Moisson
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Oil on panel
15 1/4 x 18 1/4 inches
Signed and dated 1889
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Les Foins
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15 x 21 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Les Vaches a l'Abreuvoir
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21 1/2 x 28 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Milkmaids in the Field
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Pâturage
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Oil on panel
18 x 21 ¾ inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Peasant Woman with Cows and Sheep
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Oil on canvas
15 x 21 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Returning from the Fields
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Oil on canvas
18 x 13 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Tending the Herd
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Oil on canvas
15 x 18 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
The Wheatfield
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Oil on canvas
20 x 29 inches
Signed and dated 1893
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
The Young Milkmaid
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Oil on canvas
15 x 21 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Un Berger et son Troupeau
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25 3/4 x 32 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
A Bord de la Mare
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25 3/4 x 32 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Bergère et Moutons
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18 3/8 x 21 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
End of the Day
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Oil on canvas
15 x 21 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Faneuse
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Oil on canvas
12 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches
Signed and dated 1881
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Femme au soleil - faneuse
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Oil on board
20 x 16 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Femme Portant à Manger
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18 x 14 1/2 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Gardeuse de vaches
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18 5/8 x 28 1/2 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Glaneuses
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Oil on canvas
36 1/2 x 51 inches
Signed and dated 1880
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Harvest Time
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Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Harvesters
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Oil on canvas
19 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
La Bergere
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Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 18 3/8 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
La faneuse
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Oil on canvas on board
15 x 18 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
La Prairie
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Oil on canvas
37 1/2 x 59 3/8 inches
Signed and dated 1889
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
La rentree au village
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Oil on canvas
48 1/2 x 59 1/2 inches
Signed and dated 1895
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Le repas des moissonneurs
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Oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 31 7/8 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Milking Time
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Oil on canvas
25 3/4 x 32 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Milking Time
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Oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Milkmaid in Normandy
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Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Milkmaid with Cows
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Oil on canvas
15 x 21 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Milkmaid with Cows
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Oil on canvas
18 x 22 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Milkmaid with Cows
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Oil on canvas
36 3/4 x 43 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Paysage avec Animaux
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Oil on canvas
15 x 21 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Peasant Woman with Cows
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Oil on canvas
15 1/4 x 22 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Peasants in the Field
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Graphite on paper
12 x 16 inches
Signed and dated 1895
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Retour a la Ferme
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Oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Study for Returning from the Fields
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Graphite on paper
12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Tending the Herd
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Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
The Harvest
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Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 32 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
The Shepherdess
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Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 15 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Une Faneuse
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Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 15 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Une Prairie
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Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
The Reapers
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Oil on canvas
15 x 18 inches
Signed and dated 1886
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Une gardeuse d'oie
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Oil on canvas
25 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Fermiere
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Charcoal on paper
18 x 11 inches
Studio stamp
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Deux amoureux
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Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 15 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Femme et la vache de l'eau
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Oil on canvas
32 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches
Signed and dated 1884
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Faneuse
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Oil on panel
13 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
Signed and dated 1886
Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
La jeune laitiere avec son troupeau
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Oil on canvas
14 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Haying Time
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Oil on canvas
13 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches
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Julien Dupré
(1851 - 1910)
Femme a la Brouette
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Oil on panel
15 x 17 3/4 inches
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