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Woman Spinning by Jean-François Millet

    Woman Spinning by Jean-François Millet

    Woman Spinning by Jean-François Millet was created in between 1855 – 1860. The painting is in Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The size of the work is 39,1 x 29,5 cm and is made as an oil on panel.

    Millet painted many images that focus on traditional rural activities, often imbuing the labor and laborers with dignity. In this painting, a woman concentrates intently on her work, spinning flax in a shadowy, humble interior. The artist was especially interested in the subtle colors of worn and faded homespun fabric. The warm red of the woman’s shirt and the vibrant purple of the ribbon on the distaff enliven an otherwise muted color scheme. 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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