Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sweating the Small Stuff

The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

The Gleaners are picking up the last little remains of the harvest. Millet sets the women against a broad horizon and thereby lends a majesty to their work. This was on purpose as Millet saw the work as a social commentary against the rich vs. the poor in society.


Loxias said...

The van Gogh take on this graces (hehe) my study.

The poster thereof, sadly...

Alana said...

Can you please post the dates of the paintings too? Thanks :)

Martha said...

I usually do - this is a re-run of a very early post.

The date of the painting is 1857.


Alexandre Paige said...

Hi Martha,

I wonder if you have seen the film "The Gleaners and I" by Agnes Varda? It is beautiful and I think starts with this painting.


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