Artist Jules Breton, French, 1827-1906
Title
  • Fire in a Stack of Wheat
  • L'incendie (alternate title)
  • Fire in a Haystack (former title)
Date 1856
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 55 × 82 1/2 inches (139.7 × 209.6 cm)
Framed: 62 1/8 × 89 3/4 × 3 1/16 inches (157.8 × 228 × 7.8 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund
Accession Number 76.86
Department European Painting
On View Era of Revolution S302, Level 3 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower right: Jules Breton
the artist, Jules Adolphe Aimé Louis Breton;
April 1856, acquired by (Ernest Gambart, London, England);
August 2, 1875, sold by (Christie's, London, England) auction R.C. Naylor, lot 831;
1875, purchased by F.J. Pilgeram;
by 1890, Samuel P. Avery, Jr. (New York, New York, USA);
March 20, 1902, sold by S.P. Avery (New York, New York, USA);
1902, purchased by M. Tanenbaum [for $850];
Albert K. Schneider (New York, New York, USA);
October 14, 1953, sold by (Parke-Bernet, New York, New York, USA) lot 84, through Dr. Goetz for [$450];
Loyola University (Los Angeles, California, USA);
April 24, 1972, sold at (Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California);
February 26, 1976, sold by (Christie's, London, England) through Colnaghi;
1976-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
"Concours pour les prix de Rome Peinture." L'Artiste 27 (1856): p. 193.

"The Exhibition of French Pictures." Art Journal 118 (1856): p. 193.

Third Annual Exhibition of the French School of Fine Arts. Exh. cat., French Gallery at 121 Pall Mall. London, 1856, no. 58.

Salon of 1861. Exh. cat., Palais des Champs-Elysées. Paris, 1861, no. 428, p. 54.

Bellier and Auvray. Dictionnaire des artistes de l'école française. Paris, 1882, vol. 1, p. 164.

Breton, J. The Life of the Artist. New York, 1890, p. 240 (ill.).

Breton, J. Un peintre paysan souveniers et impressions. Paris, 1896, pp. 112.

Thieme-Becker. Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler. Leipzig, 1907-1950, vol. 5, p. 590.

Bulletin of the DIA: Annual Report 56, no. 1 (1977): pp. 23, 27, 50 (fig. 25).

The Figure in 19th Century French Painting. Exh. cat., Flint Institute of Arts, et al. Flint, 1978, pp. 50-51, cat. 18 (ill.).

Avery, Samuel P. The Diaries 1871–1882 of Samuel P. Avery, Art Dealer. New York, 1979, p. xlvi, fig. 55 (ill.).

Beaufort, M.F. "Fire in a Haystack." Bulletin of the DIA 57, no. 1 (1979): pp. 54-63 (ill.).

Weisberg, G.P. "Realists Resurrected." Art Journal 40 (1980) p. 402 (fig. 34).

The Realist Tradition. Exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art, et al. Cleveland, 1980, cat. 95, pp. 129-130, (ill.).

Weisberg, G.P. and A. Bourrut Lacouture. "Jules Breton's The Grape Harvest at Château-Lagrange." Arts Magazine 55 (1981): pp. 98-103, pp 98, 100 (fig. 4).

Varnadoe, K. "Realism's Second String." Art in America (September 1981): pp. 134-141, pp. 139-140 (ill.).

Brettell, R.R. and C.B. Brettel. Painters and Peasants in the Nineteenth Century. Geneva, 1983, p. 81, (ill.).

Jules Breton and the French Rural Tradition. Exh. cat., Joslyn Art Museum, et al. Omaha, 1982, pp. 13, 17, 26, 66-67, cat. 5 (ill.).

Wissman, F.W. European Vistas: Cultural Landscapes. Detroit, 2000, pp. 86, 106-107 (ill.).

Jules Breton, Painter of Peasant Life. Exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts and National Gallery of Ireland. Arras, Quimper, and Dublin, 2002, pp. 94, 239-240, cat. 19 (fig. 54).