(b. 1819, Ornans, d. 1877, La Tour-de-Peilz)
The Grain Sifters1854
Oil on canvas, 131 x 167 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes
The women here are Courbet's sisters, Zoé and Juliette, along with Courbet's son, Désiré Binet. A masterpiece of rural simplicity, it is a brilliant example of the genre scene and reminiscent of Millet. The painting was exhibited at the 1855 Salon.