The Gleaners

The Gleaners

The Gleaners, Jean-François Millet, 1857, hand painted oil painting, 83.8 cm × 111.8 cm, Paris Louvre

The Gleaner is Miller's most important masterpiece. It is a very real, true, great, friendly, and beautiful picture of rural working life, which depicting the most common scene in rural areas. Autumn, golden fields look endless. On the land after the wheat harvest, three peasant women are bent very carefully picking up the missing ears to supplement the food in the house. But the pile of wheat-like piles behind them has nothing to do with them.

The painting did not show any dramatic scenes, yet the plain paintings gave the audience an unusual sense of solemnity. The dignified human body seems to herald the weight of survival and express Miller's profound sympathy for the hard life of peasants.

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