The Potato Harvest, by Jean-François Millet, 1857

The Potato Harvest, by Jean-François Millet, 1857
 

Jean-François Millet (French, 1814 – 1875) moved from Paris to the village of Barbizon, near the Fontainebleau Forest, in 1851, and he painted scenes from the lives of his neighbors there. Despite an excellent education, and exceptional talent, Millet never escaped the life of poverty that he portrayed with such grace and dignity in his paintings. This painting, completed in 1857, measures 54 cm (21.3 in) high by 65.2 cm (25.7 in) wide, and it is held by the Walters Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

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