In making a selection of Millet’s pictures, devoted as they are to the single theme of French peasant life, variety of subject can be obtained only by showing as many phases of that life as possible. Our illustrations therefore represent both men and women working separately in the tasks peculiar to each, and working together in the labors shared between them. There are in addition a few pictures of child life.
The selections include a study of the field, the dooryard, and the home interior, and range from the happiest to the most sombre subjects. They show also considerable variety in artistic motive and composition, and taken together fairly represent the scope of Millet’s work.
Estelle M. Hurll. New Bedford, mass. March, 1900.
CONTENTS AND LIST OF PICTURES
PORTRAIT OF MILLET. DRAWN BY HIMSELF
I. On Millet’s character as an artist
II. On books of reference
III. Historical directory of the pictures of this collection
IV. Outline table of the principal events in Millet’s life
V. Some of Millet’s associates
I. GOING TO WORK
II. THE KNITTING LESSON
III. THE POTATO PLANTERS
IV. THE WOMAN SEWING BY LAMPLIGHT
V. THE SHEPHERDESS
VI. THE WOMAN FEEDING HENS
VII. THE ANGELUS
VIII. FILLING THE WATER-BOTTLES
IX. FEEDING HER BIRDS
X. THE CHURCH AT GREVILLE
XI. THE SOWER
XII. THE GLEANERS
XIII. THE MILKMAID
XIV. THE WOMAN CHURNING
XV. THE MAN WITH THE HOE
XVI. THE PORTRAIT OF MILLET
PRONOUNCING VOCABULARY OF PROPER NAMES AND FOREIGN WORDS
Note: All the pictures were made from carbon prints by Braun, Clement & Co.
I. ON MILLET’S CHARACTER AS AN ARTIST