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Jean-François Millet
 
 
 
 
Jean-François Millet, (born October 4, 1814, Gruchy, near Gréville, France—died January 20, 1875, Barbizon), French painter renowned for his peasant subjects.

Millet spent his youth working on the land, but by the age of 19 he was studying art in Cherbourg. In 1837 he arrived in Paris and eventually enrolled in the studio of Paul Delaroche, where he seems to have remained until 1839.

After the rejection of one of his entries for the Salon of 1840, Millet returned to Cherbourg, where he remained during most of 1841, painting portraits. He achieved his first success in 1844 with The Milkmaid and a large pastel, The Riding Lesson, that has a sensual character typical of a large part of his production during the 1840s.

The peasant subjects, which from the early 1850s were to be Millet’s principal concern, made their first important appearance at the Salon of 1848 with The Winnower, later destroyed by fire. In 1849, after a period of great hardship, Millet left Paris to settle in Barbizon, a small hamlet in the forest of Fontainebleau. He continued to exhibit paintings of peasants, and, as a result, periodically faced the charge of being a socialist. Letters of the period defending Millet’s position underline the fundamentally classical nature of his approach to painting.

By the mid-1860s, Millet’s work was beginning to be in demand; official recognition came in 1868, after nine major paintings had been shown at the exposition of 1867. Important collections of Millet’s pictures are to be found in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and in the Louvre.

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Self Portrait
 
 
 

Diana Resting
 
 
 

Hunting Birds at Night
1874
Oil on canvas, 74 x 93 cm
Museum of Art, Philadelphia
 
 
 

Madame J-F Millet
 
 
 

The Woodchopper
 
 
 

Bergère avec son troupeau
 
 
 

The Potato Gatherers
 
 
 

Shepherdess Knitting, Outside the Village of Barbizon
 
 
 

Young Woman
 
 
 

The Angelus
 
 
 

The Gleaners
 
 
 

Knitting Lessson
 
 
 

Young Shepherdess
 
 
 

Autumn Landscape with a Flock of Turkeys
 
 
 

Portrait of a Young Woman (the Artist's Sister Emélie)
 
 
 

Potato Planters
 
 
 

Women Sewing by Lamplight
(also known as La Veillee)
 
 
 

Baby's Slumber
 
 
 

Millet's Birthpalce at Gruchy
 
 
 

A Woman Adjusting her Stocking
 
 
 

Woman with a Rake
 
 
 

Bouquet of Daisies
 
 
 

Recalling the Flock
 
 
 

Woman Sewing Beside her Sleeping Child
 
 
 

Gathering Apples
 
 
 

La Becquée
 
 
 

Le parc au moutons à clair de lune
 
 
 

Study for 'Mercury Leading the Cows of Argos to Water'
 
 
 

Two Reclining Figures
 
 
 

Spring
 
 
 

Knitting Lesson
 
 
 

The Shepherdess
 
 
 

Woman Carrying Firewood and a Pail
 
 
 

Churning Butter
 
 
 

In the Vineyard
 
 
 

The Little Shepherdess
 
 
 

Woman Baking Bread
 
 
 

The Goose Girl
 
 
 

 
 
 
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