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Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848–84, France)

Bastien-Lepage is a French painter of the 19th century closely associated with the beginning of Naturalism, an artistic style that emerged from the later phase of the Realist movement. His output is best-known for its depictions of poor and working people, often in the countryside, but he also painted portraits and landscapes.

The English critic Roger Fry, writing in 1920 of Bastien-Lepage’s legacy:

Monet is an artist whose chief claim to recognition lies in the fact of his astonishing power of faithfully reproducing certain aspects of nature, but his really naive innocence and sincerity was taken by the public to be the most audacious humbug, and it required the teaching of men like Bastien-Lepage, who cleverly compromised between the truth and an accepted convention of what things looked like, to bring the world gradually around to admitting truths which a single walk in the country with purely unbiased vision would have established beyond doubt.