Among the leading French realists of the 19th century, Jean-Franҫois Millet is also the leading member of the so-called “Barbizon school”, a group of artists who chose to live and work in the countryside and particularly around the French village of Barbizon (Tansey and Kleiner, 1996, 965). Born in 1814, he lived until 1878 (Tansey and Kleiner, 1996, 965) and produced a series of important paintings, one of which, The Gleaners, will be examined in this short essay.
The Gleaners, Jean- Franҫois Millet, 1857, oil on canvas
Millet painted The Gleaners in 1857. Its medium is oil on canvas and it measures 33 X 44 inches (Tansey