European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Bird's-NestersMade in France, Europe
Jean-François Millet, French, 1814 - 1875
Oil on canvas
E1924-3-14The William L. Elkins Collection, 1924
LabelKnown for his realistic portrayals of French peasants, Millet produced this painting at the very end of his life. He based the scene on stories from his childhood that told of great flights of wild pigeons. When the birds settled in trees at night, the peasants blinded them with light from torches and then clubbed hundreds to death.
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