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

Trussing Hay

Oil on canvas, 56 x 65 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

After 1848, Millet devoted himself to genre scenes glorifying the family life of the hard-working farmer population, whom he observed in the region of Barbizon. The thematic simplicity of these pictures does not belong to the anecdotal vein of genre painting. Millet paints the grandeur and dignity of peasants with thick, expressive and liberal brushwork.

The painting was exhibited at the Salon of 1850.

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