24 Works, Today, May 1st. is artist Jules Breton’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #120

Jules-Adolphe-Aimé-Louis Breton, French, 1827 – 1906
The Feast of Saint John, c. 1875

Oil on canvas
13 1/2 x 24 1/8 inches (34.3 x 61.3 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Since ancient times, peasants have celebrated the longest days of summer with festivities. This dance around a fire marks the feast of Saint John the Baptist on June 24, an important occasion in France.

Jules Adolphe Aimé Louis Breton (1 May 1827–5 July 1906) was a 19th-century French Naturalist painter. His paintings are heavily influenced by the French countryside and his absorption of traditional methods of painting helped make Jules Breton one of the primary transmitters of the beauty and idyllic vision of rural existence…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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