His last great painting of crowds at a religious ceremony, and his first significant self-portrait. The final years of the eternally golden harvest.
Specialised in painting mothers and their children, and fisherfolk of the Channel coast, she was highly successful and advanced career prospects for women painters.
Under pressure from his dealers, Breton concentrated on single figures in the countryside, typically at dawn or dusk. These have become some of his most popular paintings.
Dividing his time between his home in Courrières and Brittany, he broadened his range of subjects and views – with mounting success.
This period saw him concentrate on farmworkers toiling in the fields at dusk, and he discovered the coast and people of Brittany.
An independent pioneer of ‘social realism’, his densely-populated landscapes showed real people struggling to live in the north French countryside.
Unique paintings of the ancient history of France, in response to dreadful defeat in the Franco-Prussian War.
He never aspired to be an impressionist, but painted many works plein air, with loose brushwork, and conveying impressions.