The Lesson of the apprentice 
*oil on canvas 
*102 x 82 cm 
*signed b.r.: Eug Buland 88

Un Patron or the Lesson of the ApprenticeJean-Eugène Buland, 1888

Jean-Eugène Buland (1852-1926) was a French painter who began his career painting historic scenes, but soon changed tack to favour scenes of everyday life. He achieved a dramatic sense of realism by painting from photographs. His paintings are often seen to use theatrical lighting that makes the subjects appear to pop out of the canvas in a convincingly three-dimensional way.


Jean-Eugène Buland [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • Is this painting depicting the era in which it was painted, or another era?
  • Did you think the person you chose to look at was isolated or interacting with the other people in the painting?
  • What event would you have liked to visit on this person?
  • How might it change the way the painter depicted the scene in your imagination?
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