The Wood Sawyers, Jean-François Millet

The Wood Sawyers, Jean-François Millet

The Wood Sawyers
Jean-François Millet (1814-1875)
1850-1852
France
Oil on canvas
57 x 81 cm
Museum no. CAI.47
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

Millet seems to have painted this vigorous scene soon after he moved to Barbizon, a village near the forest of Fontainebleau. X-ray photography shows that it was painted over a figure symbolising the French Republic, which he had submitted unsuccessfully to a state competition in 1848.