Jean François Millet, 'Going to Work'

Jean François Millet, 'Going to Work'

Jean François Millet (1814-75)
'Going to Work'
1863
Etching
Museum no. CAI 307
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

Millet began etching in the mid 1850s, making a series of prints after his own paintings. This is a version of a picture that is now in Glasgow. The simple fork and water jar carried by the peasants are, for the time the print was made, old-fashioned. The two figures, their features in deep shadow, appear to represent age-old archetypes rather than individuals.