Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848 - 1884), Damvillers, 1880
oil on canvas, 81.3 cm x 105.4 cm
This painting is all about movement. The woman turns towards the men in the vineyard as if they are calling to each other. Your gaze automatically follows hers: behind the hill, a storm is looming.
Jules Bastien-Lepage began painting rural subjects in 1876. He had grown up in a farming village and his paintings showed the hard but honest life of country people. This made him an important model for Van Gogh.