Jean François Millet, 'The Gleaners'

Jean François Millet, 'The Gleaners'

Jean François Millet (1814-75)
'The Gleaners'
About 1855-1856
Etching
Museum no. CAI 311
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

Millet is best known for his images of peasants working the land. Although his depictions of rural labour are bleak, they have a conscious elegiac quality at a time when traditional French peasant life was in retreat. This etching shows three women picking up the ears of corn missed by the harvesters. Millet's painting of the same subject is in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.