MILLET, Jean-François
(b. 1814, Gruchy, d. 1875, Barbizon)

Peasant-Girls with Brushwood

c. 1852
Oil on canvas, 38 x 30 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

In Millet's hands, the coarse materiality of painting serves to express the symbolic. In this work, the physical sensation of weight implied by the huge brushwood bundles expresses the abstract idea of humility.