The Goose Girl at Gruchy
MILLET, Jean-François (1814 - 1875)
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 33.0 x 24.8 cm
Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 2479
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
The goose girl’s wistful gaze contrasts against the lively geese honking behind her and swimming in the water. In the background are the houses of Gruchy, the hamlet in Normandy where Millet was born. This work was painted after his first visit to the area in nearly ten years. There is a sense of personal nostlagia, less common to his works from Barbizon.