Jan 3, 2013
Oct 28, 2008




Jean-François Millet

(French, 1814-1875)

Black chalk and pastel

Support: Beige modern laid paper

Sheet: 47.2 x 31.7 cm (18 9/16 x 12 1/2 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.395



Liberty relates to Jean-François Millet's entrance into the 1848 competition for an official painted figure representing the second French Republic. Millet did not win the competition and his painted Republic no longer exists, but this representation of a related concept—liberty—was inspired by his contest participation. He also drew allegories of the other two fundamental concepts in French Republicanism: equality and fraternity.

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