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Joan of Arc

Jules Bastien-Lepage (French, Damvillers 1848–1884 Paris)

Date:
1879
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
100 x 110 in. (254 x 279.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Erwin Davis, 1889
Accession Number:
89.21.1
  • Gallery Label

    With the loss of the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine to Germany in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), the national heroine from Lorraine, Joan of Arc, acquired new symbolic importance among the French. A succession of sculpted and painted images of the medieval teenaged martyr appeared in the Salons of the 1870s and 1880s. At the 1880 Salon, Bastien-Lepage, himself a native of Lorraine, exhibited this painting, which represents the moment of Joan of Arc's divine revelation in her parents' garden. His depiction of the saints whose voices she heard elicited a mixed reaction from Salon critics, many of whom found the presence of the saints at odds with the naturalism of the artist's style.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed, dated, and inscribed (lower right): J.BASTIEN-LEPAGE / DAMVILLERS Meuse / 1879

  • Provenance

    Erwin Davis, New York (1880–89; bought from the artist through J. Alden Weir for $4,000; his sale, Ortgies, New York, March 19–20, 1889, no. 145, for $23,700, bought in)

  • Exhibition History

    Ghent. Casino. "Tentoonstelling," 1880, no. 27.

    Paris. Salon. May 1–?, 1880, no. 177 (as "Jeanne d'Arc").

    New York. Society of American Artists. "Fourth Annual Exhibition," March 28–April 29, 1881, no. 26.

    Boston. New England Manufacturers' and Mechanics' Institute. "Second Annual Exhibition Fair," September 6–November ?, 1882, no cat. number (ill., with a note that it will be added to the exhibition "about October 10th").

    Paris. École Nationale des Beaux-Arts. "Exposition des oeuvres de Jules Bastien-Lepage," March–April 1885, no.112 (as "Jeanne d'Arc écoutant les voix," lent by M. Davis).

    Paris. Exposition Internationale Universelle. "Exposition centennale de l'art français (1789–1889)," May–November 1889, no. 18 (lent by M. Davis).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Taste of the Seventies," April 2–September 10, 1946, no. 63.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Impressionism: A Centenary Exhibition," December 12, 1974–February 10, 1975, not in catalogue.

    Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen. "Jeanne d'Arc: Les tableaux de l'Histoire, 1820–1920," May 30–September 1, 2003, no. 68.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920," February 4–May 6, 2007, no. 103.

    Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie. "Französische Meisterwerke des 19.Jahrhunderts aus dem Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," June 1–October 7, 2007, unnumbered cat.

  • References

    "Chronique française et étrangère." L'Art 19 (1879), p. 142, states that Bastien-Lepage is working on this picture, intended for the next Salon.

    Edwin Austin Abbey. Letters. May 31 and June 3, 1880 [excerpts published in E. V. Lucas, "Edwin Austin Abbey, Royal Academician: The Record of His Life and Work," vol. 1, New York, 1921, p. 103], calls it "the very greatest picture ever painted by anybody since the fifteenth century" and to Reinhart, writes that it is "the greatest picture of this age".

    Marie Bashkirtseff. Journal entry. April 30, 1880 [published in "Journal de Marie Bashkirtseff," Paris, 1928, vol. 2, pp. 184–85], praises the picture, especially the figure of Joan, after having seen it at the Salon.

    Jules Bastien-Lepage. Letter to M. de Montesquiou. January 16, 1880 [published in Ref. Aubrun 1985, pp. 14, 175], extends an invitation to view this picture.

    Ph[ilippe]. Burty. "Le Salon de 1880." L'Art 21 (1880), pp. 153, 178–80.

    Ph[ilippe]. de Chennevières. "Le Salon de 1880." Gazette des beaux-arts 21 (June 1880), pp. 511–12 [reprinted as "Le Salon de peinture en 1880," 1880], states that the subject has never been better understood, but criticizes the composition; remarks that the picture should be acquired for the French national collections.

    "Expositions." L'Art 23 (1880), p. 48.

    Olivier Merson. "Salon de 1880." Le Monde Illustré 47 (July 3, 1880), p. 10.

    Émile Michel. "Le Salon de 1880." Revue des deux mondes, 3ème pér., 39 (May 1, 1880), pp. 670–71.

    Henri Olleris. Mémento du Salon de peinture de gravure et de sculpture en 1880. Paris, 1880, pp. 22–23, does not share the public's infatuation with the picture, criticizing its lack of spatial depth, strange pursuit of naiveté, and mix of legend and reality.

    Roger-Ballu. La Peinture au Salon de 1880. Paris, 1880, pp. 13–16, praises the transcendent quality of the picture, but criticizes the excessive representation of the surrounding nature and the lack of a sense of space or distance.

    Maurice du Seigneur. L'Art et les artistes au Salon de 1880. Paris, 1880, pp. 6–8, claims that the odd mixture of styles in the picture can satisfy neither the realists nor the idealists, and criticizes especially the placement of the apparitions.

    Frédéric de Syène. "Salon de 1880." L'Artiste, 9ème série, 31 (May–June 1880), p. 344, praises the picture, comparing it to the works of Fra Angelico, Masaccio, and Filippo Lippi.

    Émile Zola. "Le Naturalisme au Salon." Le Voltaire (June 18–22, 1880) [reprinted in F.W.J. Hemmings and Robert J. Niess, eds., "Émile Zola, Salons," Geneva, 1959, pp. 246–48], believes the inclusion of the visions spoils the realistic unity of the rest of the picture; notes the influence of Impressionism.

    Edwin Austin Abbey. Letter to Charles Parsons. 1881 [excerpt published in E. V. Lucas, "Edwin Austin Abbey, Royal Academician: The Record of His Life and Work," vol. 1, New York, 1921, pp. 103–4], describes seeing this picture at the MMA, calling it "by all odds the greatest modern picture I have ever seen".

    "An Extraordinary Picture Collection." Art Amateur 5 (July 1881), p. 24.

    The Salon: A Collection of the Choicest Paintings Recently Executed by Distinguished European Artists. New York, 1881, pp. 8, 11–12, reproduces a drawing of this composition.

    René Ménard. "Le Salon de 1881." L'Art 25 (1881), pp. 225–26.

    James Parton. "The Trial of Jeanne Darc [sic]." Harper's New Monthly Magazine 63 (June 1881), ill. p. 93 (engraving).

    "Bastien Lepage." Scribner's Monthly 22 (June 1881), pp. 230, 232–35, ill. (detail), reproduces an outline drawing after the painting.

    Eugène Montrosier. "Les Peintres d'histoire, paysagistes, portraitistes et sculpteurs." Les Artistes modernes. 3, Paris, 1882, p. 59.

    W. C. Brownell. "Bastien-Lepage: Painter and Psychologist." Magazine of Art 6 (1883), pp. 269–70, admires the representation of Joan's face, but criticizes the visions for having "the look of an optical trick".

    Kenyon Cox. "Antoine Vollon: A Painters' Painter." Manhattan 2 (December 1883), p. 558, relates that during the installation of the Salon of 1880, this picture "was taken from one room to another, every one objecting to have it placed near his picture" and that it was finally hung next to a Vollon still life of a pumpkin; comments that "such was the breadth, the dignity, the nobleness of that pumpkin, that it was Bastien's picture that suffered by the neighborhood, not Vollon's".

    J.-K. Huysmans. "Le Salon officiel de 1880." L'Art moderne. Paris, 1883, pp. 132–34, 145, criticizes it harshly, objecting to the picture's "faux naturalisme".

    Emmanuel Ducros. "Bastien-Lepage." L'Artiste 54 (December 1884), pp. 462–63, criticizes the depiction of the saints.

    Olivier Merson. "Bastien Lepage." Le Monde illustré 54–55 (December 20, 1884), p. 390.

    G. Dargenty. "Bastien-Lepage." L'Art 38 (1885), p. 166.

    Emmanuel Ducros. "L'Exposition de l'oeuvre de Bastien-Lepage." L'Artiste 55 (May 1885), pp. 391, 394, regrets the return of this picture to America.

    L. de Fourcaud. Bastien-Lepage: Sa vie et ses oeuvres, 1848–1884. Paris, [1885], pp. 26–28, 30–31, unnumbered pl.

    L. de Fourcaud. "Artistes Contemporains: Jules Bastien-Lepage." Gazette des beaux-arts, 2nd ser., 31 (February 1885), pp. 108, 115–16, illustrates a study for Joan, shown kneeling in prayer, on p. 107 (location unknown); quotes the artist's statement that he wished to create "une Jeanne d'Arc vraie, qui sera de notre coin de terre et non de mon atelier".

    L. de Fourcaud. "Exposition des oeuvres de Bastien-Lepage." Gazette des beaux-arts, 2nd ser., 31 (March 1885), pp. 259–64, 267, notes that it is not included at the beginning of the exhibition at the Hôtel de Chimay [Exh. Paris 1885], but is expected soon by boat from New York; discusses the extensive preparatory work for the picture; claims that the artist told him he had originally intended to portray Joan kneeling at the foot of an altar, and that he had difficulty deciding how to depict the visions; praises the blend of mystical poetry and harsh realism embodied in the picture.

    A[rthur]. Hustin. "Bastien-Lepage." L'Art 38 (1885), pp. 14, 17.

    "Jules Bastien-Lepage." Studio, n.s., no. 13 (January 31, 1885), pp. 146–50, provides J. Alden Weir's account of the making of this picture, from a lecture given by Weir at the Art Students' League on January 17, 1885; identifies the setting as the Bastien family home and notes that the artist's cousin served as the model for one of the saints; remarks that Joan's dress resembles typical peasant clothing of Damvillers, although Joan herself was "not painted from any one model"; mentions the probable influence of a biography of Joan written by [Henri Alexandre] Wallon, whose portrait was painted by Bastien-Lepage in 1876; describes the sale of this picture to Weir, acting on "commissions to buy pictures for Americans," when it was exhibited in Ghent.

    John Twachtman. Letter to J. Alden Weir. January 2, 1885 [published in Lisa N. Peters, "John Twachtman (1853–1902) and the American Scene in the Late Nineteenth Century: The Frontier within the Terrain of the Familiar," PhD dissertation, City University of New York, 1995, p. 542], remarks that in this picture Bastien-Lepage moved beyond realism to the "truly poetic".

    Albert Wolff. La Capitale de l'art. 2nd. ed. Paris, 1886, p. 262.

    Charles Bigot. Peintres français contemporains. Paris, 1888, pp. 167, 169–70.

    Clarence Cook. Art and Artists of Our Time. New York, 1888, vol. 1, p. 77; vol. 2, p. 154.

    William Howe Downes. "Boston Painters and Paintings." Atlantic Monthly 62 (October 1888), pp. 507–8, suggests that this picture began as the study of a peasant woman with her visions added as an "afterthought".

    C. H. Stranahan. A History of French Painting from its Earliest to its Latest Practice. New York, 1888, p. 470, locates it in the Boston Museum [on long term loan by Erwin Davis to the MFA, Boston from 1882 until 1888].

    Edwin Austin Abbey. Letter. 1889 [excerpt published in E. V. Lucas, "Edwin Austin Abbey, Royal Academician: The Record of His Life and Work," vol. 1, New York, 1921, p. 200].

    Montezuma [Montague Marks]. "My Note Book." Art Amateur (May 1889), p. 122, notes that although "there was a bona-fide bid of $18,000" for this picture, it was bought in by Davis at his sale.

    Jules Breton. Nos peintres du siècle. Paris, [189?], p. 219, calls it full of touching intentions.

    Armand Dayot. Un siècle d'art: Notes sur la peinture française à l'exposition centennale des beaux-arts. Paris, 1890, pp. 80, 118.

    Prince Bojidar Karageorgevitch. "Personal Reminiscences of Jules Bastien-Lepage." Magazine of Art 13 (1890), pp. 86–88, asserts that the artist's idea for this picture arose from an incident in which his mother, returning fatigued from the fields, had a vision of thistles; states that Bastien-Lepage visited Joan's house in the village of Domrémy before beginning a sketch of the composition on the wall of his studio.

    "Some Former Picture Auctions." Art Amateur 24 (March 1891), p. 6.

    George Clausen. "Jules Bastien-Lepage as Artist." Jules Bastien-Lepage and His Art: A Memoir. London, 1892, pp. 123, 125, compares it unfavorably to Courbet's "Stone Breakers" (destroyed), which hung near it in the Paris exhibition of 1889.

    Camille Pissarro. Letter to Octave Mirbeau. January 12, 1892 [published in Janine Bailly-Herzberg, ed., "Correspondance de Camille Pissarro," vol. 3, Paris, 1988, p. 186, no. 743], criticizes this picture as vulgar.

    Walter Richard Sickert. "Modern Realism in Painting." Jules Bastien-Lepage and His Art: A Memoir. London, 1892, p. 142.

    André Theuriet. Jules Bastien-Lepage and His Art: A Memoir. London, 1892, pp. 53–54, 57–58, 60, 99, ill. p. 55 (detail), recounts his failed attempt to convince Bastien-Lepage to omit the hallucinatory visions; claims that the painter abandoned a picture of Ophelia (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nancy) because its resemblance to Joan was too great; states erroneously that this picture was the only one of the artist's works not included in his 1885 exhibition at the Hôtel de Chimay [see Refs. Fourcaud 1885, Aubrun 1985].

    Julia Cartwright. Jules Bastien-Lepage. London, 1894, pp. 8, 17, 34, 49–54, 70, ill. on frontispiece (detail engraving by Walter L. Colls) and p. 51, notes the existence of seven or eight studies for this picture, and remarks that Bastien-Lepage first conceived of Joan kneeling in prayer; observes that when the painting was shown in the Paris 1889 exhibition "there was a general feeling of regret at the loss of a work which, by reason both of its subject and its merit, should have found a place in the Louvre"; reports Bastien-Lepage's disappointment over the negative critical reception of the picture.

    "The Metropolitan Museum of Art—The French Painters." New York Times (May 22, 1895), p. 4, as "Joan d'Arc Listening to the Voices".

    Richard Muther. The History of Modern Painting. 3, London, 1896, pp. 24–26, ill. p. 19, suggests that the dreamy expression of the model was rendered "only by the aid of hypnotism".

    "Metropolitan Museum of Art: New Purchases and Loans." New York Times (May 4, 1896), p. 4.

    J. Alden Weir. "Jules Bastien-Lepage." Modern French Masters: A Series of Biographical and Critical Reviews by American Artists. repr. (1st ed., 1889). New York, 1896, pp. 230–31, 234, ill. opp. p. 228 (detail engraving by Timothy Cole), identifies the apple tree in this picture as one in Bastien-Lepage's grandfather's garden, and the cottage in the background as the barn; recalls visiting the artist's home in Damvillers and meeting two local girls, ages six and seven, who served as the models for Joan's face.

    [Albert Marie Léon] Le Nordez. Jeanne d'Arc racontée par l'image d'après les sculpteurs, les graveurs, et les peintres. [Paris], 1898, ill. opp. p. 20 (engraving), as "Jeanne écoutant ses voix dans le jardin de son père".

    William Sharp. "The Art Treasures of America (Concluded.)." Living Age, 7th ser., 1 (December 3, 1898), p. 606.

    Arthur Hoeber. The Treasures of The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York. New York, 1899, pp. 76–78, ill., notes that this picture was considered radical for having been painted out of doors and depicting Joan as an unidealized peasant.

    W. C. Brownell. French Art: Classic and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture. New York, 1901, pp. 82, 85–86, ill. between pp. 84 and 85 (detail), compares Bastien-Lepage to Courbet, citing this picture as an example in which "sentiment quite transcends realism".

    Théodore Guédy. Manuel pratique du collectioneur de tableaux comprenant les principales ventes des XVIII, XIX siècles jusqu'à nos jours... Paris, [1905], p. 12.

    Masters in Art: Bastien-Lepage (1908), pp. 492–95, 498–500, 502, 506, pl. 1, states that after beginning the composition of Joan in the garden, the artist sewed on additional canvas to double its size in order to add the figures of the saints; includes excerpts from Clausen [see Ref. 1892] and Brownell [see Ref. 1901].

    Frank Fowler. "The Field of Art: Modern Foreign Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum, Some Examples of the French School." Scribner's Magazine 44 (September 1908), p. 382.

    Léonce Bénédite. La Peinture au XIXième siècle d'après les chefs-d'oeuvre des maîtres et les meilleurs tableaux des principaux artistes. Paris, [1909], p. 184.

    D[aniel]. Cady Eaton. A Handbook of Modern French Painting. New York, 1909, p. 318, fig. 223.

    Emile de Forceville. "Jeanne d'Arc dans l'art français du XIXe siècle." Études 119 (April–June 1909), pp. 213, 215–17, pl. V,1.

    Gustave Geffroy in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. 3, Leipzig, 1909, pp. 25–26.

    Fr[ançois]. Crastre. Bastien Lepage. New York, [1914], pp. 58, 61–63 [French ed., Paris, n.d., pp. 58–61], describes Joan as "a composite type of the women of the Lorraine race"; praises the representation of her face, but believes the visions should have been omitted.

    L[ouis]. Dimier. Histoire de la peinture française au XIXe siècle (1793–1903). Paris, 1914, p. 233.

    B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "Nineteenth-Century French Painting." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 13 (August 1918), p. 180.

    Maitland Armstrong. Day Before Yesterday: Reminiscences of a Varied Life. New York, 1920, p. 272, relates that while Bastien-Lepage was working on this picture, Gérôme advised him to add a distant view behind the cottage.

    Duncan Phillips. "J. Alden Weir." Art Bulletin 2 (June 1920), p. 198, credits Weir with Davis's purchase of this picture and its subsequent gift to the MMA.

    Edward Simmons. From Seven to Seventy: Memories of a Painter and a Yankee. New York, 1922, pp. 146–47, describes how the picture was painted in two separate pieces so that it could be easily carried out of doors, and was then sewn together; relates that Bastien-Lepage used several models for Joan's head; notes that the artist responded to criticism of the visions by stating that they were meant to represent "those born in the brain of Jeanne d'Arc, an uneducated girl of sixteen".

    "The Story of a Picture: Joan of Arc, by Bastien-Lepage." Mentor 12 (October 1924), pp. 48–49, ill.

    Virginie Demont-Breton. "Peintres et savants, l'audition colorée." Les Maisons que j'ai connues. 3, Paris, 1929, pp. 55–58, recalls seeing this picture in the artist's studio with her mother and father, who praised the depiction of the saints; relates Bastien-Lepage's comment that he repainted Joan's left wrist thirty times.

    Harry B. Wehle. "Seventy-Five Years Ago." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 4 (April 1946), p. 202.

    Dorothy Weir Young. The Life and Letters of J. Alden Weir. New Haven, 1960, pp. 145, 166, describes Weir's purchase of this picture for Erwin Davis for $4,000 in the summer of 1880.

    Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, pp. 207–10, ill., note that the setting is the artist's own garden in the village of Damvillers, in Lorraine, and the model for the figure was a local peasant girl; mention numerous studies, including two drawings which together form the whole composition (Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven).

    Kermit S. Champa and Kate H. Champa. German Painting of the Nineteenth Century. Exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, 1970, pp. 64–65, observe that Liebermann and Uhde were impressed by this "hybrid Impressionist picture" because it combined the high-keyed palette and loose brushwork of the Impressionists "with a species of subject matter which, for all its apparent religiousness, conveyed through the figure of the impoverished peasant girl, social-realist, if not actually socialist, content".

    E[gbert]. Haverkamp-Begemann and Anne-Marie S. Logan. European Drawings and Watercolors in the Yale University Art Gallery, 1500-1900. New Haven, 1970, vol. 1, p. 44, under no. 78, discuss the preparatory drawing for this picture in the Yale University Art Gallery.

    William Steven Feldman. "The Life and Work of Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848–1884)." PhD diss., New York University, 1973, pp. 33–35, 37, 84, 98, 115–42, 158, 164, 225, 228, 230–31, 256, 258–59, 261, 265, 271, 306, fig. 41 (overall and details), notes that the Franco-Prussian War stimulated Bastien-Lepage's patriotic interest in Joan of Arc, whom he had considered a regional heroine since boyhood; cites the influence of Wallon's biography of Joan, reissued in 1876, on Bastien-Lepage's interest in combining historical reality with mystical experience; notes that the artist used his favorite model, Marie Robert, for the figure of Joan; states that Léon Bénouville's painting of the same subject (1859; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims) served as the primary pictorial source for this picture and discusses Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot's studies in the field of hysteria as another literary source; calls the style of the picture a compromise between Academic and Impressionist techniques, with some reference to the Pre-Raphaelites, and mentions its influence on subsequent Academic pictures "focusing on the mystical experiences of visionary ecstasy, treated within the framework of historical exactitude".

    John Rewald. "Should Hoving Be De-accessioned?" Art in America 61 (January–February 1973), p. 28.

    Richard J. Boyle. American Impressionism. Boston, 1974, pp. 74–75, 137, 160, ill.

    Denys Sutton in Paris—New York: A Continuing Romance. Exh. cat., Wildenstein. New York, 1977, p. 27, pl. IX.

    Kenneth McConkey. "The Bouguereau of the Naturalists: Bastien Lepage and British Art." Art History 1 (September 1978), p. 375, pl. 50.

    Richard J. Boyle. John Twachtman. New York, 1979, pp. 15, 34, ill.

    K. McC[onkey] in The Realist Tradition: French Painting and Drawing 1830–1900. Exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, 1980, p. 211 n. 1, p. 268.

    Gary A. Reynolds in Walter Gay: A Retrospective. Exh. cat., Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University. New York, 1980, p. 32, fig. 13.

    Gabriel P. Weisberg. The Realist Tradition: French Painting and Drawing 1830–1900. Exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, 1980, pp. 205–7.

    Gabriel P. Weisberg. "Museum News: Realists Resurrected." Art Journal 40 (Fall/Winter 1980), p. 401, fig. 32 (reversed).

    Patricia G. Berman. "Unholy Ghosts in Jules Bastien-Lepage's 'Joan of Arc Listening to the Voices'." Marsyas 21 (1981–82), pp. 51–54, figs. 1, 2 (overall and detail), discusses the influence of Charcot's studies of hysteria on the figure of Joan and proposes that the visions of the saints were based on "spiritual" or "ghost" photography, concluding that Bastien-Lepage depicts Joan "as a victim of her delusional imagination".

    Kenneth McConkey. "'Pauvre Fauvette' or 'Petite Folle': A Study of Jules Bastien-Lepage's 'Pauvre Fauvette'." Arts Magazine 55 (January 1981), pp. 140, 142–43, fig. 2, calls it "Joan of Arc Listening to Voices".

    Frances Weitzenhoffer. "First Manet Paintings to Enter an American Museum." Gazette des beaux-arts, 6th ser., 97 (March 1981), pp. 126–27, 129 n. 6, describes in detail Erwin Davis's acquisition, attempted sale, and eventual presentation to the Museum of this picture.

    Kenneth McConkey. "Listening to the Voices: A Study of Some Aspects of Jules Bastien-Lepage's 'Joan of Arc Listening to the Voices'." Arts Magazine 56 (January 1982), pp. 154–60, fig. 1, cites early reviews of the picture and discusses its influence on younger French, British, and American artists.

    Richard R. Brettell and Caroline B. Brettell. Painters and Peasants in the Nineteenth Century. Geneva, 1983, pp. 96–97, ill.

    Christian Debize and Philippe Pagnotta in Jules Bastien-Lepage, Damvilliers 1848–Paris 1884. Exh. cat., Musée de la Princerie, Verdun. [Bar-le-Duc], 1984, pp. 68, 70.

    William Steven Feldman in Jules Bastien-Lepage, Damvilliers 1848–Paris 1884. Exh. cat., Musée de la Princerie, Verdun. [Bar-le-Duc], 1984, pp. 25–26, 28, 32 nn. 1, 8, pp. 113–14, 119, 125, ill. on frontispiece (color) and p. 125.

    John Pope-Hennessy. "Roger Fry and The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Oxford, China, and Italy: Writings in Honour of Sir Harold Acton on his Eightieth Birthday. London, 1984, p. 231.

    Richard Shiff. Cézanne and the End of Impressionism. Chicago, 1984, pp. 201–2, fig. 43.

    Marie-Madeleine Aubrun. Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1848-1884: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre. [Paris], 1985, pp. 14–15, 23, 29, 172–80, no. 249, ill. pp. 57 (color) and 173, identifies the model for Joan, Marie-Adèle Robert, as Bastien-Lepage's cousin; lists numerous early references for this picture.

    Salme Sarajas-Korte. "Jules Bastien-Lepage—'ylivertainen vaikuttaja'." Taidehistoriallisia Tutkimuksia 11 (1988), pp. 115, 117–18, fig. 3.

    Charles F. Stuckey in The Art of Paul Gauguin. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1988, p. 246, suggests a comparison with Gauguin's "Ia Orana Maria" (MMA 51.112.2).

    Kenneth McConkey in Landschaft im Licht: Impressionistische Malerei in Europa und Nordamerika, 1860-1910. Exh. cat., Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Cologne, 1990, p. 126, ill.

    Michael F. Zimmermann. Seurat and the Art Theory of His Time. Antwerp, 1991, p. 78.

    Rodolphe Rapetti in Lost Paradise: Symbolist Europe. Exh. cat., Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Montreal, 1995, p. 229.

    La Belle Époque: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture. Sotheby's, New York. May 24, 1995, unpaginated, under no. 274.

    Dorine Cardyn-Oomen in Tranches de vie: Le naturalisme en Europe, 1875–1915. Exh. cat., Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts d'Anvers. Ghent, 1996, p. 254.

    Leen de Jong in Tranches de vie: Le naturalisme en Europe, 1875–1915. Exh. cat., Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts d'Anvers. Ghent, 1996, pp. 86, 206, mentions the influence of this picture on the paintings of Emile Claus and Frank O'Meara.

    Nathalie Monteyne in Tranches de vie: Le naturalisme en Europe, 1875–1915. Exh. cat., Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts d'Anvers. Ghent, 1996, pp. 63–64, 66.

    Tomaz Brejc Narodna galerija. "Realism and Allegory: 'Summer (Poletje)' by Ivana Kobilca." Essays on European Art: A Tribute to Ksenija Rozman. Ljubljana, 1999, p. 272, fig. 6 (color).

    Caroline Igra. "Measuring the Temper of Her Time: Joan of Arc in the 1870s and 1880s." Konsthistorisk Tidskrift 68 (1999), pp. 122–23, fig. 7, discusses the influence on this picture of Bénouville's "Joan of Arc" (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims), which was illustrated as the frontispiece in the 1876 edition of Wallon's biography of Joan [see Ref. Feldman 1973].

    Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort. "The American Art Trade and French Painting at the End of the 19th century." Van Gogh Museum Journal (2000), p. 107 n. 30, erroneously states that this picture was sold in 1889 for $6,700 [see Ref. Weitzenhoffer 1981].

    Barbara Paul in "Stimmen für Frankreich: Jules Bastien-Lepages Gemälde 'Jeanne d'Arc écoutant les voix' von 1879." Jenseits der Grenzen: Französische und deutsche Kunst vom Ancien Régime bis zur Gegenwart. Thomas W. Gaehtgens zum 60.Geburtstag. Band II: Kunst der Nationen. Cologne, 2000, pp. 245–61, fig. 1.

    William H. Gerdts. American Impressionism. 2nd ed. New York, 2001, pp. 27, 32, 105, pl. 15, notes the negative view of Impressionism that was associated with the works exhibited by the Society of American Artists, New York in 1881, including this picture.

    Marie-Claude Coudert in Jeanne d'Arc: Les tableaux de l'Histoire, 1820–1920. Exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen. Paris, 2003, pp. 130–32, 136, 144, 163, no. 68, ill. (color), compares the figure of Joan to photographs from Charcot's study of hysteria.

    Marek Zgorniak in Jeanne d'Arc: Les tableaux de l'Histoire, 1820–1920. Exh. cat., Musée des Beaux Arts, Rouen. Paris, 2003, pp. 70, 74, 76.

    Joachim Pissarro. Pioneering Modern Painting: Cézanne & Pissarro 1865–1885. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 2005, p. 32, fig. 21 (color).

    Victorian & Edwardian Art. Sotheby's, London. March 10, 2005, p. 60, under no. 249, compares it to "Gossip," 1885, by John William Waterhouse.

    The Irish Sale. Sotheby's, London. May 13, 2005, p. 50, under no. 36, compares it to "Convalescence (in the Apple Orchard)," 1885, by Sir John Lavery.

    Jacques Thuillier. Jules Bastien-Lepage. Metz, 2005, pp. 84, 86, 88, 100, 106, 142, ill. pp. 5, 99, 100–103 (color, overall and details).

    Petra ten-Doesschate Chu. Nineteenth-Century European Art. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2006, pp. 385–86, 447, 461, fig. 16-17 (color).

    Laura Coyle in Nora M. Heimann and Laura Coyle. Joan of Arc: Her Image in France and America. Exh. cat., Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, 2006, p. 59, remarks that the French controversy over the depiction of Joan's voices was not an issue when this picture was seen in the United States, where "the question of whether or not Joan was truly guided by God barely impinged on the dominant, secular image of Joan of Arc as a patriot".

    Nora M. Heimann in Nora M. Heimann and Laura Coyle. Joan of Arc: Her Image in France and America. Exh. cat., Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, 2006, pp. 48–49, fig. 13 (color).

    Pierre Rosenberg. Only in America: One Hundred Paintings in American Museums Unmatched in European Collections. Milan, 2006, p. 21, fig. 29 (color).

    Emmanuelle Amiot-Saulnier in Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848–1884). Exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay. Paris, 2007, pp. 62, 67–68.

    Kathryn Calley Galitz in Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 159, 212, no. 148, ill. (color and black and white).

    Kathryn Calley Galitz in The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New York, 2007, pp. 141, 180, no. 103, ill. (color and black and white).

    Dominique Lobstein in Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848–1884). Exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay. Paris, 2007, pp. 32–34, 37, 39, 49 nn. 158, 162, 169, 178, p. 122, fig. 6 (color).

    Jérôme Montchal in Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848–1884). Exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay. Paris, 2007, pp. 94, 142, mentions this picture in relation to Bastien-Lepage's "Job" and "La Mort d'Ophélie" (both Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nancy).

    Frances Fowle. Impressionism and Scotland. Exh. cat., National Gallery Complex. Edinburgh, 2008, pp. 27, 29, mentions this picture's influence on John Lavery's "Under the Cherry Tree" (1884; Ulster Museum, Belfast) and Edward Arthur Walton's "A Daydream" (1885; National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh).



  • Notes

    The setting for this picture is the artist's family home in Damvillers, near Joan of Arc's village of Domrémy. The model for the figure of Joan has been identified as Marie-Adèle Robert, Bastien-Lepage's cousin, though Joan's face is said to be a composite of two young local girls [see Refs. Weir 1896, Feldman 1973, and Aubrun 1985].

    An engraving of this picture was published in Ref. Parton 1881. There are two engravings showing details of Joan: one by Walter L. Colls [see Ref. Cartwright 1894] and one by Timothy Cole [see Ref. Weir 1896]. Aubrun [Ref. 1985] catalogues fourteen drawings as studies for this work.

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