The Song of the Lark

Once heralded by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as “America’s Best Loved Picture,” this painting by Jules Adolphe Breton (1884) made the cover of Willa Cather’s novel of the same name.

Many decades later, the sight of a peasant woman in a field at sunrise also inspired a young struggling actor, Bill Murray, to keep moving forward.

[Click for full image]

The Song of the Lark, 1884
Jules Adolphe Breton
CC0 Public Domain Designation
Courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago

Cover of Willa Cather’s novel, 1915
From the first edition

More about the artist and the painting at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Eurasian Skylark

Get up and go listen.