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Potato Planters by Jean-François Millet

    Potato Planters by Jean-François Millet

    Potato Planters by Jean-François Millet was created in 1861. The painting is in Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The size of the work is 82,5 x 101,3 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    In Millet’s time, many people considered potatoes unfit food even for animals, but these peasants are planting potatoes for themselves to eat. “Why should the work of a potato planter,” wrote the artist, “be less interesting or less noble than any other activity?” Millet gives the harsh reality of their lives beauty and dignity, placing his solidly modeled, harmonious figures before a hazy landscape just beginning to green in the spring sun. Read more in Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

    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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