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One of the most remarkable works in the 19th Century European Paintings section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is Jules Bastien-Lepages 1879 Joan of Arc Jeanne dArc Although displayed in a long hall featuring a number of other paintings reliefs and sculptures it draws a certain amount of attention because of its superior size 100 x 110 inches Yet despite its large scale it does seem slightly crammed in with the great amount of other works collected in the room A piece of this size should be shown in a somewhat grander fashion isolated more to highlight its magnificence It is flanked by Alfred Stevens In the Studio and Alexandre Cabanels Birth of Venus on the left and right respectively Jeanne dArc seems to fit in with the works surrounding it which logically all come from roughly the same time period Paintings such as fellow Frenchman Pierre-Auguste Cots The Storm compliment it particularly well As detailed in the accompanying text panel the work was originally put on public display in the Salon of 1880 There it could be viewed with a host of other pieces by critics and commoners alike The subject matter of Jeanne dArc would have been of particular interest to the French people Jeanne a long-time symbol of French strength and heroism and Frances patron saint gained a renewed importance during the Franco-Prussian War It is that striking depiction of Jeanne in fact which initially drew me to the work When I first encountered it the rendering of the female figure seemed anachronistically photo-realistic to the point where I wondered what that kind of work was doing among Impressionist and Realist paintings However upon further scrutiny of the piece I quickly realized that it was just Bastien-Lepages incredibly detailed technique on the representation of the life-sized woman coupled with the contrast of the more impressionistic background that created this beautiful effect With
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