Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien Le Page Essay

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Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien Le Page

“Joan of Arc,” was painted by the French realist artist Jules Bastien-Lepage in 1879.
“After the province of Lorraine was lost to Germany following the Franco-Prussian War in
1821, The Frenchmen saw in Joan of Arc a new and powerful symbol. In 1875,
Bastien-Lepage, a native of Lorraine began to make studies for a picture of her. In the
present painting, exhibited in the Salon of 1880, Joan is shown receiving her revelation
in her parents garden. Behind her are Saints Michael, Margaret, and Catherine. (Caption
next to painting in The Metropolitan)”

Jules Bastien-Lepage creates a realistic atmosphere, including a supernatural,
religious-like presence within his painting. Oil on canvas was used to create the
realistic quality of the work. By closely examining the artist’s technique, it is clear
that he uses delicate brush strokes in a true to life manner. The colors, and use of
light seem to be painted in a layered fashion to give the landscape a sense of depth. The
background of the painting is a garden which include foliage and brush that surrounds the
primary focus of the painting, Joan of Arc. The artist put a great effort into the
details of the scene. Bastien-Lepage uses a distinct realistic quality in his painting
which is visible in each individual leaf and branch. Various hues of earth tones, green
and brown being the most evident, are blended together in the garden scene.
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