Julien Dupre Paintings
Returning from the Fields, 1895
Oil on canvas, 48 3/4 x 59 inches (123.9 x 149.9 cm)
Julien Dupre represents a second generation of peasant painters depicting rural life in France, already established by such prominent figures as Millet and Breton. Dupre's rural landscapes always include peasants working and resting in the fields. Like Millet and Breton, Dupre's figures are usually placed in the foreground of the composition, where he captures them in the rigorous activity of their labors pitching hay into a cart, leading home the cows and gleaning in the fields, or at rest after a long day of harvesting.