The Gleaners (1857) (Part) - Jean-Francois Millet
The Gleaners (Part) - Jean-Francois Millet

The Rural Life in Painting Art: Jean-Francois Millet, the Artist

The School of Barbizon

Colony artistic – movement created in the homonym village, which was located just outside Paris, from fed up painters with the prevailing academic painting of the first half of the 19th century, which was unable to express aesthetically the shocking changes taking place these times in French. A prominent artist and a co-founder of this school was Jean-Francois Millet.

The Painter and Engraver Jean-Francois Millet

Jean-Francois Millet, breaking new artistic ground as rapporteur of the realism, focused the theme of the narration of rural life, the narrative of the life of French peasants of his time, and not with the eyes of a genre painting but with the look of a pioneer that combine landscape and people in one indissoluble, even organic, coherent lattice. If the products of academicism smelled mold, the paintings of Millet was rising and emit fresh cultivated soil.

Self Portrait- Jean-Francois Millet
Self Portrait

Son of Normans peasant, Millet born in 1814 in Greville. Without avoid farm work, soon showed his inclination to painting. After the first courses took Cherbourg by Paul Dumouchel, and two years he spent with his teacher Lucien-Theophile Langlois, received a scholarship and moved to Paris, where in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts studied alongside Paul Delaroche. In 1849 Millet settled in Barbizon which did not leave until the end of his life, in 1875. He left behind nine children and more than two hundred paintings. He left behind a great value timeless work able to inspire and excite the ecumenical man.

Such ecumenical man was Abbas Kiarostami. The outstanding Iranian film director (1940-2016) in his last film – one of the most experimental ever showed the scene of Cannes Film Festival – with title 24 Frames Before and After Lumiere, devotes 1 Frame at Millet painting The Gleaners. The no man’s land nation of artists bows on both.

Paintings of Jean-Francois Millet

Termite Nests in the French Mainland

Haystacks, Autumn (1873-74) – Oil painting on canvas, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York.

One of the ‘Four Seasons’ projects that Millet completed in seven years. In the background, the famous Chailly Plain spreads – for those who originate from such exotic places. Today’s Paris.

Autumn Landscape with Grim Reaper and Free Beef Turkeys

Autumn Landscape With A Flock Of Turkeys Breaking Flax - Ζαν Φρανσουά Μιγέ
Autumn Landscape With A Flock Of Turkeys (1873)

Autumn Landscape With A Flock Of Turkeys Breaking Flax (1873) – Oil painting on canvas, Private Collection.

Okay, it’s not Grim Reaper. The painting represents a peaceful scene, a woman, a few turkeys, and the village in the background that is Barbizon … But if she keeps a sickle?

The Gleaners

The Gleaners-Jean-Francois Millet
The Gleaners (1857)

The Gleaners (1857) – Oil painting on canvas, Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

Perhaps, the most famous work of Millet. The humble of the agrarian work of his time, the gathering of the remains of the cultivation, in the position of the driver – a signatory and a preacher.


In the Auvergne - Ζαν Φρανσουά Μιγέ
In the Auvergne (1869)

In the Auvergne (1869) – Oil painting on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago.


Statue of Jean-Francois Millet
Statue of Jean-Francois Millet
Photo Portrait of Jean-Francois Millet
Photo Portrait
Salvador Dali to Jean-Francois Millet Monument
Salvador Dali to Jean-Francois Millet Monument

P.s. Some French from the United Kingdom.


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