March 16, 2016

Painting With The Girls 76

March 16, 2016.

Day 76 (291 days to go)

Fish in the Pond


Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) was a French painter who wanted to depict peasant life and workers in the field the way they really were.

In 1850 Millet was accused of stirring revolutionary ideas with his paintings because two years after the publication of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, the public mood was tense with class conflict. He was not an artist painting political views. He actually liked the solitude of small villages and the quiet life of the peasants who were readjusting to the Industrial Revolution and contemporary social conditions.

His best friend was Daumier. He also played a part in the Barbizon school of landscapist painters, along with Theodore Rousseau and Corot.

Vincent Van Gogh admired his work immensely and copied a few of his paintings.