One of the most influential landscape painters of the 1830s, Dupré was among the leaders of the Barbizon school, a group of artists who painted the landscape and rural subjects in and around the Forest of Fontainebleau, about 40 miles southeast of Paris. He frequently made drawings in black chalk heightened with white chalk or pastel on tan or brown paper, as seen here. Dupré’s special interest in atmospheric conditions is apparent in the luminosity of the sky and the reflected light on the surrounding landscape.

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  • Title: A Seated Shepherdess
  • Creator: Jules Dupré (French, 1811-1889)
  • Date Created: c. 1836
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 61.1 x 47.6 cm (24 1/16 x 18 3/4 in.)
  • Provenance: Estate of the artist, (his posthumous sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, January 30, 1890, probably no. 126), (sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, January 31, 1929, no. 13), (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, New York, May 26, 1977, no. 29, sold to Shepherd Gallery, New York), (Shepherd Gallery, New York, sold to Muriel Butkin, Shaker Heights, OH), Muriel Butkin [1916-2008], Shaker Heights, OH, by bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2009.314
  • Medium: black chalk with white heightening and white pastel on brown paper laid down on board
  • Inscriptions: Signed, lower right, in black chalk: Jules Dupre
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Butkin
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 2009.314

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