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  • Jean-François Millet - Winter- The Faggot Gatherers
  • Jean-François Millet - The Walk to Work (Le Depart pour le Travail)
  • Jean-François Millet - The Gleaners
  • Jean-François Millet - Shepherdess with her Flock
  • Jean-François Millet - Trussing Hay
  • Jean-François Millet - Peasant with a Wheelbarrow
  • Jean-François Millet - Buckwheat Harvest, Summer
  • Jean-François Millet - Haystacks, Autumn
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  • Jean-François Millet - Harvesters Resting (Ruth and Boaz)
  • Jean-François Millet - The Wood Sawyers
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  • Jean-François Millet - Man With A Hoe
  • Jean-François Millet - Peasants Bringing Home a Calf Born in the Fields
  • Jean-François Millet - Shepherdesses Seated In The Shade
  • Jean-François Millet - The Return of the Flock
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Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 – January 20, 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers; he can be categorized as part of the naturalism and realism movements.

Life and work


Millet was the first child of Jean-Louis-Nicolas and Aimée-Henriette-Adélaïde Henry Millet, members of the peasant community in the village of Gruchy, in Gréville-Hague (Normandy). Under the guidance of two village priests, Millet acquired a knowledge of Latin and modern authors, before being sent to Cherbourg in 1833 to study with a portrait painter named Paul Dumouchel. By 1835 he was studying full-time with Lucien-Théophile Langlois, a pupil of Baron Gros, in Cherbourg. A stipend provided by Langlois and others enabled Millet to move to Paris in 1837, where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with Paul Delaroche. In 1839 his scholarship was terminated, and his first submission to the Salon was rejected.


After his first painting, a portrait, was accepted at the Salon of 1840, Millet returned to Cherbourg to begin a career as a portrait painter. However, the following year he married Pauline-Virginie Ono, and they moved to Paris. After rejections at the Salon of 1843 and Pauline's death by consumption, Millet returned again to Cherbourg. In 1845 Millet moved to Le Havre with Catherine Lemaire, whom he would marry in a civil ceremony in 1853; they would have nine children, and remain together for the rest of Millet's life. In Le Havre he painted portraits and small genre pieces for several months, before moving back to Paris.

It was in Paris in the middle 1840s that Millet befriended Constant Troyon, Narcisse Diaz, Charles Jacque, and Théodore Rousseau, artists who, like Millet, would become associated with the Barbizon school; Honoré Daumier, whose figure draftsmanship would influence Millet's subsequent rendering of peasant subjects; and Alfred Sensier, a government bureaucrat who would become a lifelong supporter and eventually the artist's biographer. In 1847 his first Salon success came with the exhibition of a painting Oedipus Taken down from the Tree, and in 1848 his Winnower was bought by the government.

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Jean-François Millet (4 octobre 1814 - 20 janvier 1875) est un peintre, pastelliste, graveur et dessinateur du XIXe siècle, l’un des fondateurs de l’école de Barbizon. Il est particulièrement célèbre pour ses scènes champêtres et de la paysannerie. Il fut influencé par Courbet. Biographie Millet nait, aîné d'une famille nombreuse, à Gruchy, hameau ...
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