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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The Hay Trussers, 1850-51 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Hay Trussers, 1850-51
Shepherdesses Seated In The Shade - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Shepherdesses Seated In The Shade
Portrait of Pauline Ono (d.1844) - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Portrait of Pauline Ono (d.1844)
Gathering Apples - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Gathering Apples
A Young Shepherdess Spinning - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
A Young Shepherdess Spinning
Idyllic Landscape - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Idyllic Landscape
A Reclining Female Nude - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
A Reclining Female Nude
Portrait of Madame Ono, 1844 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Portrait of Madame Ono, 1844
Vert Vert, the Nun's Parrot - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Vert Vert, the Nun's Parrot
Shepherd Tending His Flock - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Shepherd Tending His Flock
The Good Samaritan, 1846 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Good Samaritan, 1846
Paysan appuy sur sa bche (Peasant Leaning on a Shovel) - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Paysan appuy sur sa bche (Peasant Leaning on a Shovel)

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