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Les Glaneuses (The Gleaners)

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Jean-François Millet, Les Glaneuses (The Gleaners), 1855, etching on paper, The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection, public domain, 80.122.514

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Title

Les Glaneuses (The Gleaners)

Artist

Jean-François Millet (French, 1814-1875)

Date

1855

Medium

etching on paper

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 7 1/2 in x 10 in; sheet: 8 5/16 in x 13 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: H477 D12ii before Keppel edition, graphite, bottom left

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

French

Credit Line

The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection

Accession Number

80.122.514

Copyright

public domain

Terms

agricultural land

etching

food

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

paper

Description

Gleaning—the right of the destitute to scour harvested fields for any remaining grain—is an age-old part of agrarian life dating to biblical times. Here Jean-François Millet contrasts the back-breaking labor of three gleaners with the bountiful harvest seen behind them, creating an image that addresses both the plight of the poor and the politics of abundance.

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