|Julien Dupré was, in his time, a quite popular landscape painter of the French salon painting, similar to his thematic idol, Jean-François Millet.
Born on March 18, 1851 in Paris.
Died on April 16, 1910 in Paris.
In addition to his training as a painter at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Julien Dupré was also a pupil of Désiré François Laugée. Through his landscape paintings, he soon acquired a solid circle of regular bourgeois customers. Similar to Jean-François Millet, he showed farmers at work in the fields, and in addition, several landscape pictures were created until 1881. His paintings, which in a loose way also adapt the technique of Impressionism show rural labor in a glorified, unrealistic way. His monumental figures seem quite in harmony with nature and deeply devoted to their, in reality, very hard work and poor country lives. These depictions, which were very popular in the urban, bourgeois milieu, clearly show the gap between urban and rural life. After receiving the Second Class medal in 1881, Julien Dupré thematically switched to animal depictions, individually and in the countryside. During lifetime and after his death, his paintings found many private admirers.