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The Potato Harvest . Jean-François Millet

fter moving from Paris to the village of Barbizon on the edge of the Fontainebleau forest in 1851, Millet devoted himself to portraying the lives of his neighbors. Some critics interpreted his paintings of working farmers as a critique of the injustices inherent in the social conditions of his time. Others have seen his work as a representation of man's harmonious union with nature.
Date 1855
oil on canvas
Height: 54 cm (21.3 in). Width: 65.2 cm (25.7 in).
frame dimensions: Height: 37.125 in (94.3 cm). Width: 41.5625 in (105.6 cm). Depth: 5.5 in (14 cm).

Walters Art Museum
Accession number 37.115
Place of creation Barbizon
Object history

before 1863: [mode of acquisition unknown]
before 1867: Baron Goethals, [mode of acquisition unknown]
before 1878: William T. Walters, Baltimore, [mode of acquisition unknown]
1894: inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore
1931: bequeathed to Walters Art Museum by Henry Walters

Exhibition history

Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1867 Commons-logo.svg
The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
Corot and His Contemporaries. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston. 1959.
Jules Breton and the French Rural Tradition. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. 1982-1983. Van Gogh and Millet. Rijksmuseum Vincent Van Gogh, Amsterdam. 1988-1989.
Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection, Walters Art Gallery, 1998 Commons-logo.svg
Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet, Walters Art Gallery, 1999–2000 Commons-logo.svg
Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. 2000-2002.
A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002-2004.
The Road to Impressionism: Landscapes from Corot to Manet. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004-2005.
In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet. National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston. 2008-2009.
19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011.

Credit line Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1878
Inscriptions Signature bottom right: J. F. Millet - In black


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