Jules Jacques Veyrassat France

7-2-1828 Paris, FRA - 4-12-1893 Paris, FRA

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Jules Jacque Veyrassat was a painter of the pastoral French countryside, and most particularly of the work and peace of agricultural life. Veyrassat began his career as an engraver for L’Artiste, creating engravings of works of Daubigny, Decamps, Frère, and learning through this process of reproducing these elder masters.

He debuted at the Paris Salon of 1848, in the days immediately following the Revolution of 1848; it was this Salon that marked the rise of the Realist movement in French painting. Much like his slightly older contemporaries Charles Jacque and Constant Troyon, Jules Jacque Veyrassat painted rural farm work, focusing mainly on the powerful horses who pulled the plows and hay carts.

He travelled to Normandy, the Forest of Fountainbleau, Brittany and the Landes, painting views of the fields, streams and harvests. His painted scenes are active and lively, with clear and bold colors that set him apart from many of his contemporaries. Jules Jacque Veyrassat received Salon medals for engraving in 1866 and 1869 and for painting in 1872 and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1878.

His skill as an etcher was further acknowledged when respected British scholar Philip Gilbert Hamerton (1834-1894) commissioned Jules Jacque Veyrassat works for several of his books on the art of etching.

Art Movement: Barbizon
Influences: Charles-François Daubigny, Edouard Frère

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