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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El aventador - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
El aventador
Apple picking - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Apple picking
The Knitter or, The Seated Shepherdess, 1858-60 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Knitter or, The Seated Shepherdess, 1858-60
The Baby's Cereal, 1867 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Baby's Cereal, 1867
Faggot Carriers - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Faggot Carriers
un Tailleur De Pierres (The Stone Cutter) - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
un Tailleur De Pierres (The Stone Cutter)
Seated Shepherdess - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Seated Shepherdess
Young Shepherdess - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Young Shepherdess
The Shepherd at the Fold by Moonlight - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Shepherd at the Fold by Moonlight
Study for a Woman Feeding Chickens - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Study for a Woman Feeding Chickens
The Boiler, 1853-54 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Boiler, 1853-54
Peasand Spreading Manure - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Peasand Spreading Manure

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