Jean-Francois Millet (October 4, 1814 - January 20, 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. He is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers. He can be categorized as part of the movement termed "naturalism", but also as part of the movement of "realism".

Millet was the first child of Jean-Louis-Nicolas and Aimee-Henriette-Adelaide Henry Millet, members of the peasant community in the village of Gruchy, in Greville-Hague (Normandy). Under the guidance of two village priests, Millet acquired a knowledge of Latin and modern authors, before being sent to Cherbourg in 1833 to study with a portrait painter named Paul Dumouchel. By 1835 he was studying full-time with Lucien-Theophile Langlois, a pupil of Baron Gros, in Cherbourg. A stipend provided by Langlois and others enabled Millet to move to Paris in 1837, where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with Paul Delaroche. In 1839 his scholarship was terminated, and his first submission to the Salon was rejected.


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Peasants planting potatoes - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Peasants planting potatoes
The Cliffs of Greville (LEs Falaises de Gréville) - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Cliffs of Greville (LEs Falaises de Gréville)
Woman Carrying Firewood and a Pail - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Woman Carrying Firewood and a Pail
Landscape with Conopion Carrying the Ashes of Phocion - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Landscape with Conopion Carrying the Ashes of Phocion
Pauline Ono (1821-44) in Blue, 1841-42 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Pauline Ono (1821-44) in Blue, 1841-42
Forest workers in the wood saws - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Forest workers in the wood saws
The Wood Sawyers, 1848 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Wood Sawyers, 1848
In The Garden - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
In The Garden
Hunting Birds at Night - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Hunting Birds at Night
The Gleaners, 1857 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Gleaners, 1857
The Sower, 1847-48 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Sower, 1847-48
Buckwheat Harvest Summer - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Buckwheat Harvest Summer

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