The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet


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The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet

Artist: Jean-Francois Millet (1814 – 1875)

Nationality: French

Completion Date: 1857

Style: Realism

Genre: Genre painting

Media: Oil on canvas

Location: Musée d’Orsay, Paris

By far the most recognizable of Millet’s works, The Gleaners depicts a trio of women gleaning the last bits of wheat from a field. Millet found the theme of women gleaning the last bits of wheat an eternal one, linked to stories of the Old Testament. The painting was received by the public with open scorn. It presented what at the time were the lowest ranks of society, taking advantage of the age-old right to remove the last bits of grain left over from wheat harvest, in a sympathetic light. During his lifetime, this painting garnered naught but notoriety from a French upper-class that feared glorifying the lower ranks of society, and it was not until after the artist’s death that…

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About Jez Farmer

I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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