9 x 12"
oil on panel
The Song of the Lark by Jules Breton is near and dear to many who have seen it in person at the Art Institute of Chicago. It's also one of those paintings that speaks to nearly everyone, in some way.
Breton was a French realist artist during the second half of the 1800's, known for painting classic scenes of what was familiar to him - the French countryside, the workers in the fields, rural life and some pretty cool religious festivals added in the mix. Breton found greater success in the mass production of prints of his paintings, along with other French artists of the time. The subject matter was wildly popular in his native country as well as England and the United States.
The Song of the Lark stands out as a symbol of life's challenges for many. The pheasant girl, with the sun rising behind her, dirty clothes, bare feet - her shoulders back with her chin up, determined to face whatever lies ahead. It says life ain't easy but it's worth living.
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