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 Bather - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Bather
Love Conquers - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Love Conquers
A landscape with a field of mangold wurzels, a hamlet... - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
A landscape with a field of mangold wurzels, a hamlet...
Peasant Holding A Winnowing Basket - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Peasant Holding A Winnowing Basket
The Seamstress - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Seamstress
The Blacksmith and His Bride - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
The Blacksmith and His Bride
Garden Scene - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Garden Scene
A Cosey Corner 1884 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
A Cosey Corner 1884
Farmer Inserting a Graft on a Tree - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Farmer Inserting a Graft on a Tree
Portrait of the Widow Roumy - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Portrait of the Widow Roumy
Two Reapers Seen from the Back - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Two Reapers Seen from the Back
Young Woman - Jean-Francois Millet - www.jeanmillet.org
Young Woman

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