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Bastien-Lepage, Jules (1848 - 1884)
Going to SchoolDate: 1882
Technique: Oil on canvas
Museum: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Size: Height: 80.9 cm, Width: 59.8 cm,
Notes: Jules Bastien-Lepage became the champion of the French Realist school. Scottish collectors particularly admired his work and he exerted a formative influence on the young generation of Scottish Realist painters. Although there seems to be no obvious social comment in this painting of a girl on her way to school on a cold morning, it was painted in the wake of extensive reforms in education. The schoolgirl wearing a makeshift head-dress, constructed from a hessian sack, can be read as an 'after' image, illustrating the social benefits of education.
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