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MILLET, Jean-François (1814 - 1875)
Media: oil on board
Size: 18.6 x 24.3 cm
Acquired: 1991; Purchase; with assistance of the Art Fund
Accession Number: NMW A 585
The young shepherdess sits in peaceful contemplation, distracted from her grazing sheep. Her turning pose appears almost like a classical sculpture but is made realistic by her simple clothes, tanned skin and large work-worn hands. Millet’s paintings changed the role of rural workers in art, focussing on the rigours of peasant labour, making them appear independent and often iconic.