Lot 5
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Jules Breton

30,000 - 40,000 USD
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  • Jules Breton
  • Jeune femme dans les champs
  • inscribed, signed, and dated A Olivier Merson Souvenir affectueux/ Jules Breton 1864 (or 1866) (center right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 15 3/4 by 12 1/2 in.
  • 40 by 32 cm

Catalogue Note

Breton’s circle of friends included both artists and art critics, and a fortunate number received his sketches as gifts; in turn, the artist received works by Henri Joseph Harpignies among others.  As suggested by its inscription, the present work was given to Charles-Olivier Merson (1822-1902), an art critic for Le Monde Illustré who supported Breton’s career. Breton loved the countryside and his painting of it was appreciated by Merson — making  Jeune femme dans les champs a particularly apt gift.  The Merson and Breton families shared a long-lasting friendship, and Charles’ son, the artist Luc-Olivier Merson (best known for his Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), received early training in the same studio as Breton.

Please note that this lot is sold unframed.