Landscape with Cattle
Jules Dupre (French, 1811 – 1889)
MediumOil on canvas
DimensionsCanvas : 23 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (60.33 x 36.83 cm)
Frame : 26 1/4 x 35 1/4 in. (66.68 x 89.54 cm)
Credit LineGift of Johanna Just by exchange
LabelJules Dupré was a founding member of the Barbizon school of painting, which held that artists should paint the world as they see it rather than creating idealized versions of it. This painting of cattle observing a darkening sky at sunset is typical of Dupré’s fascination with the textures and quiet rhythms of nature. Although the style of the painting was progressive at the time it was made, the subject was quite conservative. The image’s bucolic peacefulness masks the rising tensions that existed between wealthy landowners and struggling peasants in the French countryside during the years leading up to the Revolution of 1848.