JEAN-FRANÇOISÉ
MILLET
(1814-1875)
 

  • A man of his age.
     

         Jean François Millet, son of famers, was educated in the most puritan catholicism. He worked at the fields in order to help his family. In his free hours he used to read and draw. When his father noticed this ability for drawing, sent his child to Cherburg where he began to learn.

         Millet was one of the most important artists in Barbizon School . He is the best painter of rural life and what it means: hunger, misery... This struggle for life is contrasted with a society in wich bourgeoisie was more and more consolidated because of success of 1830 July Revolution.

         Millet behold closely the situation he lived, but he never reported it in his pictures: he reflected it as it was. In short, he represented reality.
     

     
     

  • Outstanding works:
     
    J.F. Millet: Las espigadoras, 1857. J.F. Millet, Women Working Ears, 1857, oil on canvas, Musée d´Orsay, Paris.
    With commentary.
    J.F. Millet: El Ángelus, c.1857-1859. J.F. Millet, Angelus, c.1857-1859, oil on canvas, Musée d´Orsay, Paris.
    With commentary.
    J.F. Millet: Camino al trabajo, c.1857-1859. J.F. Millet, The Way to Work, 1851, 55.5 x 46 cm, oil on canvas, Musée d´Orsay, Paris.

    Written by:
    Beatriz Aragonés Escobar.
    Licenciada in History of Art


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