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The Young Shepherdess

Julien Dupré, French, (March 17, 1851–April 1910)

Creation date: ca. 1900
Creation place: Europe

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Dorothy B. Mills
Accession Number: 1946.83
Dimensions: 22 in. x 18 in. (55.88 cm x 45.72 cm)


Dorothy B. Mills, United States ( - December 1946)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 1946 - )

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April 2003
Paris: A Century as Europe's Art Capital

Dupré, who spent his entire life in or around Paris, grew up in an environment that was rich with art. Most importantly, his uncle Jules Dupré was a distinguished Barbizon painter who had worked with Corot and studied with a protégé of Ingres. From his uncle, Dupré learned to paint life in rural France, depictions of which dominate his work. His paintings were first shown at the 1876 Paris Salon, the same year he was honored at the Philadelphia Centennial exhibition.

Like Bouguereau’s shepherdess, Dupré’s sentimental depictions were tremendously popular with Parisian collectors even though they bear little resemblance to the realities of rural life that often included poverty and hardship.
Last Updated: 7/15/2019


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 105

Sandor Weöres. Literary Olympians II: Crosscurrents. Westlake Village, California, 1987
Page Number: 224, Figure Number: 224


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