Magnet Jean-François Millet - The Gleaners, 1857

Magnet Jean-François Millet - The Gleaners, 1857

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Jean-François Millet (1814 - 1875)
The Gleaners, 1857
Oil on canvas. H. 83,5 ; L. 110 cm.
donation with right of usufruct Mme Pommery, 1890
© Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

True to one of Millet's favourite subjects - peasant life - this painting is the culmination of ten years ...
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Dimensions :
5,4 x 7,9 cm
Original work kept at :
Paris - Musée d'Orsay
Theme :
Country and outdoor scenes
Maintenance :
Store in a dry place
Artist :
Jean-François Millet (1814-1875)
Art movements :
19th century, French paintings, Realism
Material :
Metal alloys
Reference :

The artist

Jean-François Millet (1814-1875)

Millet is a French painter of the 19th century, he is close to the realist movement initiated by Courbet. Known as the painter of the countryside and the farmers, he attached a specific importance to the workers and the underdogs. Millet's paintings are poetics and glorify a peasant aesthetic, as can be seen in paintings such as "le repos des Faneurs" (the resting of the tedders) (1848), Les Glaneuses (the Gleaners) (1857), la Tondeuse de moutons (the Sheep Shearer) (1861), ... At the end of his life, Millet further explored the play of light and contrasts. This work was a source of inspiration for the future Impressionists who reinterpreted some of his works, as Vincent Van Gogh did for example.