Plate: 16.2 x 13.2 cm (6 3/8 x 5 3/16 in.)
Gift of Ralph King 1921.991
Catalogue raisonné: Delteil 11 ; Beraldi 12
State: D. III/IV
Millet moved from Paris to the nearby village of Barbizon in 1849 in search of rustic subject matter. The group of painters working in the countryside surrounding the Forest of Fontainebleau frequently painted out-of-doors in order to create fresh and accurate views of nature. While most of the Barbizon artists focused primarily on landscape, Millet also represented peasants. His works celebrate the nobility and dignity of people living close to the soil, symbols of the stability and continuity lacking in modern life
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