Antique Pastoral Oil Painting of The Milkmaid by Julien Dupre, French (1851 - 1910)
Original oil painting by Julien Dupre, French (1851 - 1910).
A masterpiece by this celebrated French artist portraying the bucolic life of a 19th Century milkmaid. Artists Bio - see below.
Presented in original carved gold leaf frame and retaining the Closson's Cincinnati Gallery label on the verso. Closson's, a highly respected retailer of fine and decorative art, was established in 1866 and was considered the "Tiffany" of Cincinnati. The fact that this work of art was handled by Closson's, is testament to it's provenance and authenticity.
Signed by the artist lower right.
Condition is superb with expected very minor crazing in places.
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Overall frame is 30" x 24" x 2 1/2". Image is 24" x 18".
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Julien Dupré was described in an article in the Magazine of Art (1891) as: "...one of the most rising artists of the French School". He was student of Isadore Pils and Henri Lehmann at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts,. Duprés great master was the rural genre painter Désiré François Laugée, whose daughter he married in 1876.
Dupré exhibited works at every Salon exhibition from 1876 until his death in 1910. He earned critical acclaim for his depictions of peasant life and was awarded medals at several Salon Exhibitions and received a Gold Medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889 for his pictorial representations of the life of the farm worker.
Dupré was very successful during his lifetime both in Europe and the USA. Wealthy American patrons traveled to Paris to acquire his works and they became part of the great collections of the 19th century. Many of these collections, in turn, would become the cornerstones of our great museums.
Selected Museum / Collections:
Musée d?Orsay, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME; Columbia Museum of Art, SC; Musée de Grenoble; Huntington Museum of Art, WV; University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lille; Musée de Tessé, Le Mans; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, Reading, PA; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen; San Diego Museum of Art; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Washington University Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Chi-Mei Museum, Taiwan; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA;
Museum and Gallery Holdings
Carcassonne: In the Meadow
Grenoble: Valley at Archelles
Le Mans: Sheaf Binders
New York (Metropolitan Mus. of Art): Ball
Paris (MAM): White Cow; Mowers
Paris (Mus. du Petit Palais): Milking
Prague: Hay Tedder
St Louis (GA, Washington University): Haying Scene (1882, oil on canvas); Out at Pasture (1882, oil on canvas/aluminium)
University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington.
Amarillo Museum of Art