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This is a painting originally by Jules Breton circa 1827-1906. It depicts a woman carrying a large jug on her head, pausing and looking out in a serenely pose amidst sheep at her feet to the windswept waves and sun – a moment in solitude of time and beauty.

by JULES BRETON  1827-1906

Known as one of the first “peasant painters”, Breton created beautiful scenes of rural French life. He painted peasant women and men performing their daily activities. Reward and Official decorations were heaped upon him, his paintings were purchased not only by the Emperor but also by collectors in America, Britain & Ireland. However, Breton’s work became eclipsed by the avant-garde movements of the 20th Century and he was eventually forgotten.

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