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Shepherd Tending His Flock  1860

by Jean-François Millet

The son of farmers, Millet understood both the reassuring cycle of the seasons and the frightening prospect of ruin at nature’s whim. From the late 1840s, he dedicated his career to a simultaneously heroic and bleak depiction of the peasants of Barbizon, the farming community outside Paris where he lived. Millet’s uncompromising representation of the French peasantry earne...
32 3/16 x 39 9/16 in. (81.8 x 100.5 cm)
Oil on canvas
Public Domain, Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum