Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Discovering The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet



I am in the process of organizing and listing my auction winnings from THE BIG ONE. I always like to do a little research on each item before listing them. A little study of art history in this case. I bought the prints and paintings in lots but the auctioneer pointed out this one as “A print of the gleaners”. It looked vaguely familiar but the title is what caught my attention. So I googled “the gleaners”. and found a copy of the image with the name of the artist Jean-Francois Millet. Then I did a search on his name and found the following information.

"Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 – January 20, 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers; he can be categorized as part of the naturalism and realism movements.
This is one of the most well known of Millet's paintings, The Gleaners (1857). While Millet was walking the fields around Barbizon, one theme returned to his pencil and brush for seven years—gleaning—the centuries-old right of poor women and children to remove the bits of grain left in the fields following the harvest.”

Another interesting tidbit that was included was this
”The painting can be seen hanging on the wall of Sheriff Andy Taylor's house in many episodes of the original Andy Griffith Show." All information gleaned from Wikepedia

I’ve been experimenting with setting up different still lifes to showcase my shop listings. I gleaned a bit of oats from our fields for this picture. I hope you enjoy, isn’t art interesting?

This antique print is currently listed in my Etsy shop Metaphor Alchemy here:

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