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


Oil on canvas, 86 x 111 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

In 1868, the artist was commissioned by his patron, Félix Hartmann, for painting a series representing the four seasons. The Spring in the Musée d'Orsay, was the first of the series, the Summer (Buckwheat Harvest) is in Boston, the Autumn (Haystacks) in New York, and the Winter (The Faggot Gatherers) in the National Museum, Cardiff.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 13 minutes):
Vivaldi: Concerto in E major RV 269 op. 8. No. 1 (Spring)