Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (1852 – 1929), was one of the leading French artists of the naturalist school. He was one of the first artists to use photography to bring greater realism to his paintings. Like Paul Gauguin, he was draw to Brittany to paint the piety of the of the region’s peasants. Dagnan-Bouveret’s conventions and techniques appealed both to traditional and modern critics. The narratives of pious figures appealed to more conservative critics, while liberal critics could interpret the naturalism of his works as aspects of a post-Courbet anti-Academic art. The interest in his realist Breton paintings has left his mystical-religious paintings neglected but I am just as impressed by his archetypal religious compositions.