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Maker(s):Millet, Jean-François
Culture:French (1814 - 1875)
Title:Farm at Gruchy
Date Made:1854
Materials:oil on canvas
Place Made:France
Measurements:stretcher: 21 1/4 x 28 5/8 in.; 53.975 x 72.7075 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated, sale stamp in red paint at lower left: J. F. Millet
Accession Number:  SC 1931.10
Credit Line:Purchased with the Tryon Fund

Currently on view

landscape; vegetation; agriculture

Label Text:
Jean-François Millet was a leading artist in the Realist movement in France, which turned away from historical and mythological subjects to focus on the hard lives of ordinary people. Millet was particularly known for his paintings of peasants and farmers, often portrayed on a heroic scale as they worked the land. Unlike other landscape artists of the Barbizon School, such as Théodore Rousseau and Camille Corot, whose works are on view nearby, Millet more often painted the landscape as a background or stage for human labor.

This painting of a farm in Millet’s native region in the coastal area near Cherbourg, however, seems to be a pure landscape. The human presence in the landscape is at first barely evident: a single male figure walks along the high stone wall in the middle ground of the picture.


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