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The Goose Girl by Jean-François Millet

    The Goose Girl by Jean-François Millet

    The Goose Girl by Jean-François Millet was created in 1863. The painting is in Walters Art Museum. The size of the work is 37,9 x 46,5 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    A young girl, identifiable as a peasant by her kerchief and her work-roughened hands and feet, extends her leg to dip a heel into the stream. In this painting, Millet refers to a long tradition in European art of depicting the idealized female nude in a natural setting, often in the guise of a mythological figure. The artist reworks this convention from a Realist perspective, emphasizing the goose girl’s working-class status, adolescent body, and vulnerable pose. Millet developed this composition through numerous studies made over a period of seven years. Read more in Walters Art 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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