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Julien Dupré (Paris 1851 - 1910)
Julien Dupré was one of the leading artists in the influential school of late nineteenth century French landscape painters. Born in Paris, he made his debut at the Salon in 1876, and until 1881 painted solely landscape. After this date he adopted the rustic genre with which he was to become identified. The popularity of this genre, the portrayal of rural life, peasants working in the fields, reflects the growing interest, following the industrial revolution, in life on the land, an interest predominantly found amongst the growing tide of town and city dwellers.