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The Knitting Lesson by Jean-François Millet

    The Knitting Lesson by Jean-François Millet

    The Knitting Lesson by Jean-François Millet was created in 1860. The painting is in Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The size of the work is 41,5 x 32 cm and is made as an oil on panel.

    In this domestic scene, a mother or older sister has paused in her mending to help a young girl with her knitting. Millet highlights the intimacy of rural family life as well as the importance of handing down traditional knowledge and skills. The tiled floor and leaded glass window are probably based on features of Millet’s home in the village of Barbizon, southeast of Paris, but they also echo details that appear in seventeenth-century Dutch paintings. Read more in Clark Art Institute.

    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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