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The Sower by Jean-François Millet (1850)

    The Sower by Jean-François Millet

    The Sower by Jean-François Millet was created in 1850. The painting is in Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The size of the work is 101,6 x 82,6 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    With a bag of seed slung over his shoulder and his legs wrapped in straw for warmth, Millet’s peasant strides down a twilit hillside, sowing winter wheat. In the background, an ox-drawn harrow covers the sown seed with soil. The sower’s monumental scale and dramatic pose signaled Millet’s new approach to the depiction of peasant life, emphasizing the dignity—even heroism—of rural labor. This ennobling of the sower echoed the recent enfranchisement of male agricultural workers in the wake of the 1848 French Revolution. 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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