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The Gust of Wind

MILLET, Jean-François (1814 - 1875)

The Gust of Wind

Date: 1871-3

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

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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.

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