Saturday, April 28, 2012


En pleine force de l'âge

Talented French naturalist painter, Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884), died at the age of 36 and at the height of his career, en pleine force de l'âge. Auguste Rodin sculpted a monumental bronze sculpture of him  commissioned by Bastien-Lepage's hometown, Damvillers in the Lorraine region. This is the model of that sculpture, which is among a collection of Rodin's plasters at the Musée Rodin in Meudon, companion museum to the Paris Musée Rodin. Rodin lived, sculpted and was buried at the Meudon site. 

Between Realism and Impressionism:  Les Foins, painted by Bastien-Lepage in 1877, is on display at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Photo via Wikicommons.

en plein force de l'âge:  in the prime of life
un peintre:  a painter
un sculpteur (-trice):  a sculptor

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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