Reviews Bourrut Lacouture, Annette. Jules Breton, Painter of Peasant Life. Trans. Caroline Beamish. New Haven: Yale UP, 2002. Pp. 264. isbn 0-300-09575-9 (cloth); 0-30009576-7 (paper) Wendy Jean Katz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Jules Breton appears in most surveys of nineteenth-century art only as a comparison to Jean-François Millet. This effectively positions Breton as a purveyor of "official realism," a government-approved style that contrasts with Millet's less palatable and palliating style. For example, in Millet's Gleaners of 1857, the repeated motif of the bent backs of the women gathering harvest leftovers emphasizes the painful labor involved. In Breton's Gleaners of a few years earlier, however, a white-skinned maiden with a delicate profile walks the golden field, children scamper, and women work companionably under the genial supervision of the village policeman. Though Breton includes figures who look strained and fatigued, any suggestion of the punishing effects of agricultural labor is visually and socially relieved by images of idyllic communal tradition. Annette Bourrut Lacouture, curator of the exhibition Jules Breton, La Chanson des blés, and author of its accompanying catalogue, tries to avoid this standard comparison, which itself dates to the nineteenth century (Huysmans: "Millet was an honest artist; after him M.
Nineteenth Century French Studies – University of Nebraska Press
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