Description Two peasant women rest leaning on their rakes as the sun sets. Breton trained in Belgium and in Paris but remained committed to his birthplace, Courrières in the Pas-de-Calais department of northern France. His early paintings reflect a concern for the plight for the rural poor, but his later works tended to romanticize their existence.
|5/23/1981||Examination||examined for condition|
|11/12/1981||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
|8/01/1982||Treatment||coated; cleaned; other|
|8/21/1982||Treatment||cleaned; coated; other|
|7/16/1984||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
|2/19/1991||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
|8/11/1993||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
|4/01/1995||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; re-housed|
- Jules Breton and the French Rural Tradition. Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 1982-1983.
- Redefining Genre: French and American Painting 1850-1900. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Meridian International Center, Washington. 1995-1996.
- Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
- Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
- A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
- From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Purchased by William T. Walters (from the artist through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, February 14 1865 ; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.  The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 193.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: Jules Breton/Courriéres 1865
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, ca. 1865
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