Description: French landscapist Stanislas Lépine was born in the medieval city of Caen in northern France. At the age of twenty, he moved to Paris to become a professional artist, studying under fellow Normandy painter Eugène Boudin. Lépine would leave Paris just a few years later to return to his native region where he studied informally and became friends with the great Barbizon painter, Camille Corot. Through Boudin and Corot, Lépine embraced the value of painting directly from nature.
The Island of Grand Jatte, nestled between the banks of the River Seine, provided a lush and easily accessible retreat for Parisian picnickers, weekend travelers, and artists eager to escape the city. Lépine, working in a manner reminiscent of Corot’s, painted his idyllic view of the island and a languid stretch of the river in the hazy heat of summer, but without its usual holiday revelers. Just a few years later, in 1886, young Georges Seurat would famously paint a similar section of the island in his Pointillist technique, but packed with summer visitors.