Joan of Arc

Jules Bastien-Lepage French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 827

Joan of Arc, the medieval teenaged martyr from the French province of Lorraine, gained new status as a patriotic symbol when France ceded part of the territory to the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71). Bastien-Lepage, a native of Lorraine, depicts the moment when Saints Michael, Margaret, and Catherine appear to the peasant girl in her parents’ garden, rousing her to fight the English invaders in the Hundred Years War. Critics at the Salon of 1880 praised Bastien-Lepage’s use of pose and facial expression to convey Joan’s spiritual awakening, but found the inclusion of the saints at odds with his naturalistic style.

#6014. Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc, Jules Bastien-Lepage (French, Damvillers 1848–1884 Paris), Oil on canvas

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