Hameau Cousin à Gréville by Jean-François Millet was created in 1854 – 1871. The painting is in Musée des Beaux-Arts de Reims. The size of the work is 74,1 x 92,3 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.
The composition of this landscape, powerful and distorted, translates the personal vision and the interior feeling of the painter. The sinuosity of the path, this robust nature, these simplified human and animal figures reflect his ability to magnify reality. Millet has a different approach from that of the Impressionists. He does not seek the reality of the colors of passing time and the seasons. But, like Camille Corot, his friend, he interprets with his heart rather than his eye. The museum also has drawings and large pastels by this artist, a technique he mastered perfectly. (Read more in Musée des Beaux-Arts de Reims in French)
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