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Le Paysan rentrant du fumier (Man with a Wheelbarrow or Peasant Returning from the Dung Heap)

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Le Paysan rentrant du fumier (Man with a Wheelbarrow or Peasant Returning from the Dung Heap)

Jean-François Millet

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
etching and drypoint on laid paper

8 9/16 in x 6 9/16 in (21.75 cm x 16.67 cm);19 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in (48.89 cm x 36.2 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Theodore B. Russell

Label copy
Gallery Rotation Spring/Summer 2012
Jean-François Millet
France, 1814–1875
Peasant Returning from the Dung Heap
Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Theodore B. Russell, 1968/2.32
Both Millet and Pissarro created enduring images of peasants at work. Although they approach this subject differently, Millet’s man with a wheelbarrow and Pissarro’s sketch of a man digging both reflect the appeal of peasant labor as a theme in art after the Revolution of 1848, when common people were increasingly of interest to intellectuals and politicians. In this period some artists began to reject mythological and historical topics in favor of humble figures drawn from contemporary society. Millet was an important realist painter and printmaker specializing in scenes of rustic life and his work greatly influenced Pissarro
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Subject matter
For Jean-François Millet, the integrity of honest peasant work was a central aspect of his work. The scene also recalls the poverty of rural life.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area

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etching (printing process)
intaglio printing

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