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Jean-François Millet, French, 1814 - 1875

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

29 × 36 1/2 inches (73.7 × 92.7 cm) Framed: 46 1/2 × 54 1/4 × 6 1/2 inches (118.1 × 137.8 × 16.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 253, European Art 1850-1900, second floor (Lassin Gallery)

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Credit Line:
The William L. Elkins Collection, 1924

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Known 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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