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La Baratteuse (Woman Churning Butter)

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Jean-François Millet, La Baratteuse (Woman Churning Butter), 1855-1856, etching on paper, Bequest of Charles Henry Leavitt, public domain, 59.26.47

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Title

La Baratteuse (Woman Churning Butter)

Artist

Jean-François Millet (French, 1814-1875)

Date

1855-1856

Medium

etching on paper

State

iii/iii

Catalogue Raisonné

Delteil 10

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 7 in x 4 3/4 in; sheet: 8 1/2 in x 5 7/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: Imp. par Aug. Delatre, Rue St. Jacques 171, printed, lower middle in the plate

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

French

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Henry Leavitt

Accession Number

59.26.47

Copyright

public domain

Terms

churns

etching

food

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

paper

Description

For most of human history, sustenance has gone hand in hand with hard physical labor, a concept that is easily forgotten by today's consumers, who are largely divorced from the sources of their food. Historically, butter churning—a slow, repetitive task—was the province of women. Millet endows this butter churner with a monumental dignity, suggesting the importance of this simple domestic chore.

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