Jules Bastien-Lepage

Born          1 November 1848  Damvillers, Meuse, France
Died          10 December 1884 (aged 36)  Paris, France
Nationality   French
Field         Painting
Training      École des beaux-arts
Movement      naturalism

Bastien-Lepage was born in the village of Damvillers, Meuse, and spent his childhood there. Bastien's father grew grapes in a vineyard to support the family. His grandfather also lived in the village; his garden had fruit trees of apple, pear, and peach up against the high walls. Bastien took an early liking to drawing, and his parents fostered his creativity by buying prints of paintings for him to copy.