After starting his career as a decorator at his father's porcelain factory, Dupré began to paint landscapes. He emerged at the Paris Salon of 1839 as one of the foremost French artists specializing in landscapes. He befriended the artists Constant Troyon and Théodore Rousseau and, in 1832, visited England, where he became acquainted with the British masters John Constable, Joseph Mallord William Turner, and Richard Parkes Bonnington. Although Dupré is associated with the Barbizon school of landscape painting, he preferred to work alone in the village of l'Îsle-Adam north of Paris. He specialized in forest scenes, often silhouetting trees against the sky. This view of the forest around l'Île-Adam illustrates his distinctively rich paint textures and the almost surrealist intensity of his colors. Careful examination reveals that he extended the original size of his canvas on all four sides.


  • Title: The Old Oak
  • Creator: Jules Dupré (French, 1811-1889)
  • Date Created: 1845-1850
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Jules Dupré (French, 1811-1889)
  • Provenance: Marquis de la Roche Bousseau, Paris, 1873 [no. 20] [mode of acquisition unknown]; Gavet Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, April 11, 1883, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: oil paintings
  • Medium: oil on fabric
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Lower left: Jules Dupré
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016., The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890., The Road to Impressionism: Landscapes from Corot to Manet. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004-2005., Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Dimensions: H: 28 3/8 x W: 24 3/16 in. (72 x 61.5 cm); Framed H: 41 15/16 x W: 37 11/16 x D: 4 15/16 in. (106.5 x 95.8 x 12.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters, 1883
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.61

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