Julien Dupre. (1851 - 1910).





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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.