Bastien-Lepage, Jules
The Village Lovers. 1882

One of Bastien-Lepage's finest works, particularly popular among Russian artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The Village Lovers was much admired by Valentin Serov, Mikhail Nesterov and Lev Tolstoy. The ability to combine a realistic subject with a lyrical landscape, to record moments of harmony between man and nature with such remarkable precision, brought Bastien-Lepage widespread fame as a 'poetic realist'.