The Blessed Bread
By Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret

The Blessed Bread
By Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (1852-1929)
In the Luxembourg, Paris

Dagnan-Bouveret was a pupil of Gerome, the famous French historical genre painter, who was professor of painting in the School of Fine Arts. He achieved his first success in the Salon of 1879 with "A Wedding at the Photographer's." In 1886, in the same exhibition, he was represented for the picture now under review, which gained considerable attention as a study of light in an interior, quite apart from the general treatment of the subject. There is a touch of homely sentimentality about the devout old women, whose faces are contrasted with those of the acolyte and the little girl in the back row. The atmosphere of the village church is strikingly conveyed by the painter, whose simple rendering of the familiar ceremonial is characteristic of his work.

With such unpretentious yet human subjects, the artist has built up a considerable reputation in European art circles. No one is happier than he in revealing the finer and more tender graces of humanity as they display themselves in the everyday life of his countrymen, and perhaps because they strike familiar chords in the heart, his pictures appeal as strongly to the domestic and devotional strain in the peoples of other nations as in his own. The peace that he loves to depict finds expression in delicate colouring which harmonises well with the subjects he chooses. Pictured incidents like "Bretonnes au Pardon" or "The Nuptial Benediction" show the same liking for devotional spirit so well. After the harsh realism of so many modern artists, who see in life only the bizarre, the quiet truthfulness, no less real, which is depicted by this painter, comes with a sense of relief, like the chime of a vesper bell heard in the gloaming after the glare of a blazing day.

From the book "Famous Paintings" printed in 1913.

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Bretonnes au Pardon
(Breton Women at a Pardon) painted in 1887

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