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Jules Breton    (French, 1827-1906)




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Biografie
1827 Breton was born on May 1st to a prominent family in the small village of Courrières in the Artois region of northern France
1837 Breton was sent to school at a Catholic seminary, and three years later to the college of Douai, where he received a classical education. It was his first opportunity to study drawing.
1843 In the summer of 1843, he so impressed the Belgian artist, Felix de Vigne with his portraits and sketches after nature, that the artist invited Breton to study with him in his studio as well as at the Royal Academy in Ghen
1852 Focused his attention on landscape painting in the environs of Paris.
1861 Named a Chevalier of the Legion d’honneur
1867 Promoted to officer of the same order
1872 Awarded the Medal of Honor
1886 His election to the Institut de France solidified his status as one of the most respected painters of his day.
1886 This same year his painting, The Communicants, sold at auction in New York for $45,000—the highest price paid for the work of a living artist with the exception of a painting by Meissonier.
1906 Died in Paris on July 4th
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