"Paris. b. Courrieres, 1827. Pupil of Drolling and Devigne. Officer of the Legion of Honor. " He is at once a painter of landscapes and of human nature. The two are harmonized in all his works in such just proportion, and with such equal ability and care brought to the representa- tion of each, that he occupies the rare position of excelling in two distinct branches of art. In each he shows a deep, reverential sympathy in the presence of nature. His eye for color is almost faultless, and his technical capacity is beyond question. . . . in hard times he is one of the few artists who finds the prices of his paintings constantly rising. It is perhaps not too much to assign to jules breton the leading place in the contemporary French school. - S.G.W. Benjamin, Contemporary Art in Europe." [P. 35; ellipses appear in catalogue.]
Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company, 1883.