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The Song of the Lark

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Jules Adolphe Breton
French, 1827-1906

About this artwork

A lone peasant girl pauses her work to listen to a lark singing in the distance. Her emotional response to this moment of natural beauty is accentuated by the glow of the sun rising behind her, suffusing the landscape with golden light.

Jules Breton specialized in scenes of rustic life in the countryside. Having been raised in the rural village of Courrières in northern France, he admired the people living there for their resourcefulness and connection to nature and gained immense popularity by painting them in his idealized style.


On View, Gallery 222


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jules Adolphe Breton


The Song of the Lark


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed at lower left: Jules Breton / Courrieres 1884


110.6 × 85.8 cm (43 1/2 × 33 3/4 in.); Framed: 142.3 × 116.9 cm (56 × 46 in.)

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Henry Field Memorial Collection

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