Painters Paintings Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848 – 1884): October; Potato Gatherers (detail), 1878, oi…
Painters Work Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848 – 1884): October; Potato Gatherers (element), 1878, oil on canvas, 180,7 × 196 cm, Nationwide Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
October, exhibited on the Paris Salon of 1879, is one in every of a pair of harvest scenes that marked a brand new route in Jules Bastien-Lepage’s profession as a painter. the opposite work was our earlier publish, ‘The Haymaking’.
October is an account of the awful autumnal potato harvest, set in a naked, featureless panorama. It was painted on the artist’s native village of Damvillers, within the Meuse Valley to the northeast of Paris. His cousin modelled once more for the portray. Right here, impressed by the instance of Millet and Courbet, Bastien-Lepage had deliberate to color rural life as he knew it, celebrating its hardships in addition to the inherent dignity of the peasants themselves. He notably despised these metropolis painters whose sentimental views of rustic life confirmed their ignorance of it, however whose works continued to fill the annual Salons.
The selection of huge canvases for his two harvest scenes not solely signifies Bastien-Lepage’s formidable inventive program, but additionally bespeaks his confidence in his personal technical virtuosity. It was maybe this latter factor that was most observed by Salon audiences. The general public was happy by the artist’s potential to mix the excessive ‘end’ anticipated of a standard tutorial image with the looser brushwork related to the Impressionists. (Nationwide Gallery of Victoria) @ngvmelbourne