Song of Springtime (La Chanson du Printemps)

Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884)

Exhibited 1874

Oil on canvas

Height: 149 cm (58.66 in.), Width: 101 cm (39.76 in.)

Musée de la Princerie, Verdun, France

Source: Crastre, Plate I, frontispiece

This painting of a barefoot peasant girl resting on bank near the village, violets in her basket and a blossoming tree in the distance, with cupids paying court to her, was Bastien-Lepage's first big success. [Commentary continues below.]

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