Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Favorite Cow Is Back!

Most visitors remember the painting In the Pasture by Julien Dupre. It depicts a young woman trying to restrain a cow who wants to join the rest of the herd. Dupre was a member of the French realist school painting in the 1880s. Although the style is realistic, the treatment fo the subject is romantic, idealizing country life. France was moving towards industrialization and pleasant images of rustic life were popular. In the Pasture was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1882,and a variant of the painting prepared, as was often the case for very successful artists. The latter is the present painting; the first is at the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. The work is still very popular, and our visitors will be glad to see it back, returned from its loan to the Speed Museum of Art in Louisville.

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