Cows Crossing a Ford
The low horizon and broadly painted sky in this picture testify to Dupré’s interest in recent English art, especially the landscapes of John Constable and the late Richard Parkes Bonington. This work fits the description of an "expansive and true composition" recently painted "on the spot" in the Limousin region of central France, which a critic admired at the Parisian gallery Susse Frères in the summer of 1836. Its first owner was Paul Casimir Périer (1812–1897), an early supporter of Dupré as well as his colleagues Théodore Rousseau and Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps.
Jules Dupré (French, Nantes 1811–1889 L'Isle-Adam)