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Bird’s-Nesters by Jean-François Millet

    Bird's-Nesters by Jean-François Millet

    Bird’s-Nesters by Jean-François Millet was created in 1874. The painting is in Philadelphia Museum of Art. The size of the work is 73,7 x 92,7 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Known for his realistic portrayals of French peasants, Millet produced this painting at the very end of his life. He based the scene on stories from his childhood that told of great flights of wild pigeons. When the birds settled in trees at night, the peasants blinded them with light from torches and then clubbed hundreds to death. Read more in Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    About the Artist: French artist Jean-François Millet was born in Gruchy, Gréville-Hague. He was a French artist and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his paintings of peasant farmers and can be categorized as part of the Realism art movement. In 1833 his father sent him to Cherbourg to study with a portrait painter named Bon Du Mouchel. By 1835 he was studying with Théophile Langlois de Chèvreville, a pupil of Baron Gros, in Cherbourg… Read more

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