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The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet

An analysis of the painting and its link to the Realist period.

Christian S

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet

The Gleaners Painted in 1857 by
Jean-Francois Millet. Thesis The Gleaners, by Jean-Francois Millet, demonstrated the struggles of life that the impoverished experienced and was instrumental in helping establish the style and subject matter of the Realist period. Jean-Francois Millet Millet was born into a Norman
family in 1814. The Gleaners and its Impact The Gleaners was entered into The Salon in 1857 where it was perceived negatively. By Christian Santoro The Gleaners The Gleaners By Jean-Francois Millet Other Works by Millet The Walk to Work The Sower The Angelus Depicting three peasant
women gleaning, or collecting scraps of leftover grain from the harvest (Schormans). An example of Realism Demonstrates the poverty of the lower class The Stone Breakers Realism The period was developed in the mid-19th century as a response to Romanticism. Realist works by other Artists The Meeting &
by Gustave Courbet Literary Connections The Gleaners and realism can be connected to some of the works that we have examined in class. The everyday and emphasis on the working man can be linked to Stanley from A Street Car Named Desire. The portrayal of the poor and lower class in the Valley of Ashes in The Great Gatsby. Millet mainly painted "peasant subjects as he became aware of the changes brought about by urbanization and the industrial revolution" as well as the French Revolution of 1848 (Gowing). Seen as a revolutionary He studied and resided at the Barbizon School of art. Thanks! The Gleaners Millet's painting demonstrates the strife and hardships of the lower class. It was also on the forefront of the Realist period, helping set the course and subject matter of the entire period. It attempts to imitate and copy life to create a "realistic" copy (Janson & Janson, 738). Everyday subjects like working people and the poor based on direct experience and observation. Millet's paintings influenced many other artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Georges Seurat. The upper and middle classes did not like the painting because they felt that the painting was glorifying the working peasant, which they linked to the growing socialist movement (Kleiner & Mamiya, 857). Although unsuccessful in garnering popularity, the painting helped establish the tone and subject matter of the period.
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