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Renowned for his Realist subject matter, Jean-Francois Millet was moved by social injustice to paint peasants and agricultural laborers, capturing both the poverty and dignity of rural French life. “The human side of art is what touches me most,” he once said. Though the artist was considered a socialist revolutionary by much of the establishment, Millet’s painting The Winnower (1848), praised by one critic as possessing “everything it takes to horrify the bourgeois,” sold at the Paris Salon in 1848. In 1849, Millet moved to Barbizon, where he painted many of his most famous works, and, with Théodore Rousseau, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, and others, founded the Barbizon School of landscape painters. In one of his most famous works, The Gleaners (1857), women and children bathed in Millet’s characteristic soft, golden light (meant to convey the sanctity of their relationship to the land) collect grain from the fields after harvest.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Yale University Art Gallery
Selected exhibitions
2020
M.S. Rau at LA Art Show 2020M.S. Rau
Martinez D. at IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair Online Spring 2020Martinez D.
David Tunick, Inc. at IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair Online Fall 2020David Tunick, Inc.
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The Gleaners, 1857

Oil on on canvas
83 7/10 × 111 in
212.6 × 281.9 cm
Location
Paris
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Source: Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

Renowned for his Realist subject matter, Jean-Francois Millet was moved by social injustice to paint peasants and agricultural laborers, capturing both the poverty and dignity of rural French life. “The human side of art is what touches me most,” he once said. Though the artist was considered a socialist revolutionary by much of the establishment, Millet’s painting The Winnower (1848), praised by one critic as possessing “everything it takes to horrify the bourgeois,” sold at the Paris Salon in 1848. In 1849, Millet moved to Barbizon, where he painted many of his most famous works, and, with Théodore Rousseau, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, and others, founded the Barbizon School of landscape painters. In one of his most famous works, The Gleaners (1857), women and children bathed in Millet’s characteristic soft, golden light (meant to convey the sanctity of their relationship to the land) collect grain from the fields after harvest.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Yale University Art Gallery
Selected exhibitions (3)
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