Shepherd Tending His Flock by Jean-François Millet was created in 1860. The painting is in Brooklyn Museum, New York. The size of the work is 81,8 x 100,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.
Painted at the time of Francisco Oller’s first stay in Paris, Shepherd Tending His Flock exemplifies Jean-François Millet’s dignified representations of French rural subjects. Despite their idyllic appearance today, such subjects, displayed publicly at the annual Salons of the time, carried a critique of the urban middle class’s exploitation of people and resources through industrialization. For some, Millet’s work did not represent an idealized rural past, but an unadorned vision of contemporary rural poverty. Read more in Brooklyn Museum.
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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