The Angelus by Jean-Francois Millet

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The Angelus by Jean-Francois Millet The Angelus by Jean-Francois Millet

Artist: Jean-Francois Millet (1814 – 1875)

Nationality: French

Completion Date: 1859

Style: Realism

Genre: Genre Painting

Media: Oil on canvas

Location: Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Millet had originally created this work for an American, Thomas Gold Appleton, who failed to take possession of the piece. Millet later changed the painting to include a steeple in the background and change the name from Prayer for the Potato Crop to The Angelus. The painting changed hands many times, ending with a bidding war between France and America. The painting has also been a source of speculation, due to Salvador Dali’s insistence that the figures are actually praying over their deceased child. Dali was so insistent that the painting was eventually x-rayed, revealing a shape that looked like a small coffin, indicating that Dali may have been right, and that Millet may have originally created the painting with the…

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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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