…it’s been a long few weeks…some issues reaching some resolution…we gather and carry what we can…

pere jacques_lepage Le Père Jacques (The Woodgatherer), 1881
Jules Bastien-Lepage
oil on canvas

From the Layton Art Collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum:
The Woodgatherer, painted for the Salon of 1882, is one of Jules Bastien-Lepage’s most important works. The old woodsman, a family friend, and his granddaughter represent the heavy weariness of old age and the innocence of youth, as well as the passage of time. The remarkable color and handling of paint reflect the artist’s unique ability to blend the greater luminosity and atmosphere of the Impressionists with the more conservative, precisionist technique of the Academicians. By the early 1880s, Bastien-Lepage had become the leader of the Naturalist school, and many of his contemporaries believed that he would one day succeed Manet as the leader of modern painting.

[h/t to Biblioklept for the lead-in to the image…should be a daily visit…]