FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "The Gleaners"
Origin: "Cent Chefs d'Oeuvre", Paris, 1883
Engraved by: Benjamin-Louis Auguste Damman
Medium: Original Etching
Limited Edition of 600
Sheet Size: 12.5" X 17.5"
Jean-François Millet, (1814 - 1875, Barbizon, France,) was a French painter and draftsman born to
modestly successful Norman peasants. Millet began studying art in Cherbourg at eighteen. In 1837
he received funding to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After ten years of mixed success
while he supported himself with portraits, The Winnower appeared at the Salon of 1848 and was the
first of his peasant pictures to sell. In 1849 he moved to Barbizon in Fontainebleau forest, where he
lived for the rest of his life, mostly in grim poverty. There he painted his most famous works,
including The Man with a Hoe. After decades of struggle, he was awarded a medal at the 1867
Exposition Universelle and received the Légion d'Honneur in 1868. Millet's humanity toward
peasant life deeply impressed many painters, including Vincent Van Gogh.