Monday, October 18, 2021

Thoughts about Bastien-Lepage from Breton

Jules Bastien-Lepage, Portrait of my Grandfather, 1874

In his autobiography, Jules Breton said: "[Jules] Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884) will leave a lasting fame. This young artist, cut down in the flush of his promise, was a true investigator. How conscientious was his work! He made his debut with a masterpiece, the 'Portrait of my Grandfather.' Touching familiarity, simple and accurate drawing, admirable truth of tone, strong and fine harmony, just relation of the figure to the background—all are there."


Janet Oliver said...

What a thoughtful and deeply felt portrait.

Anonymous said...

Bastien-Lepage was highly regarded amongst his contemporaries for his treatment of different subject matter - as an example of this one can point to the work of Swiss/Danish painter, Bertha Wegmann, whose brilliant handling of lighting effects and brushwork in several of her portraits owes a great deal to Jules Bastien-Lepage.