Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret was a French Naturalist painter. Born and raised in France in the late 1800s, Pascal studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under the tutelage of Alexandre Cabanel and Jean Leon Gerome.

Pascal was one of the first painters of his time to implement the use of photographic reference, allowing him to bring greater detail and a heightened sense of realism to his works. The medium was relatively new at the time, and Pascal’s use of it influenced many of the more traditional French Academic Painters to begin using it as well.