The Gust of Wind
MILLET, Jean-François (1814 - 1875)
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 90.5 x 117.5 cm
Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 2475
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
In this dramatic moment, at the height of a storm, a great oak tree is torn from its roots as the wind ravages the landscape. Below, a small peasant figure gives scale to the event, implying romanticist ideas about the force of nature over man. It may also symbolise traditional rural life which Millet felt was being destroyed by the changing modern world.