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Oedipus Taken From the Tree

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Jean-François Millet, Oedipus Taken From the Tree, ca. 1847, oil on cardboard, Bequest of Charles Francis Adams, public domain, 43.8.32

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Title

Oedipus Taken From the Tree

Artist

Jean-François Millet (French, 1814-1875)

Date

ca. 1847

Medium

oil on cardboard

Dimensions (H x W x D)

19 in x 11 1/4 in; Frame: 28 7/8 in x 21 1/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: J.F.M., brushed, lower left

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Francis Adams

Accession Number

43.8.32

Copyright

public domain

Terms

cardboard

mythology

Oedipus

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Mary and Pete Mark Gallery

Description

An oil study from Millet's Parisian period and a rare mythological subject for the artist, this painting was inspired by ancient Greek legend. The scene shows shepherds rescuing the infant Oedipus, who has been strung up in a tree and left to die because his father, Laius, believed a prediction that his son would eventually kill him.

A study for a finished painting in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, which the artist exhibited in the Salon in 1847, the Museum's work provides an opportunity to understand Millet's painting technique and especially his process of arriving at a structure for the final composition.

The nineteenth-century frame was funded by the Museum's European and American Art Council.

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