Jules Bastien-Lepage

French (1848 - 1884)
Jules Bastien-Lepage Pas Mèche (Nothing Doing) 1882

Biography

Born 1848
Died 1884
Nationality French

Bastien-Lepage's paintings of rural people in an earthy tonal style inspired many late nineteenth-century British painters, especially the so-called Glasgow Boys. His own work was influenced by the realist painters, such as Courbet and Millet, and also by Manet in his free handling of paint. The perceived sentimental character of his paintings contributed to their popularity. The majority were based in and around Damvillers, in the Meuse district of north-eastern France, where Bastien-Lepage spent most of his short life.

Glossary terms

  • Art based on the observation of objects rather than on theoretical or stylistic concerns.

  • Used generally for art that attempts to represent things as they appear. It specifically refers to a mid-19th century movement in France, led by Gustave Courbet, that rejected the sometimes obscure subject matter of academic painting in favour of more accessible scenes of everyday life.