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The Gust of Wind

MILLET, Jean-François (1814 - 1875)

[image: 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

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.

This work is currently on display.

4 comments

Amgueddfa Cymru, 12 August 2013, 10:48

Dear Justinlane -
There have been numerous artists with the surname 'Millet', I would advice you search for the artist 'Mille't on the BBC 'Your Paintings' website, and try and match the style of painting to the artist. This should help you ascertain who the painter is.
Many thanks,
Graham Davies, Online Curator

Justinlane_23@hotmail.com, 10 August 2013, 21:27

i recently purchased a painting and the signature is just millet . it is a painting of a cabin with just trees and grass around it but i havent seen any paintings of him like this

Domy, 8 September 2010, 15:10

Hello! I just have a question I have a painting
almost have similar scene landscape but Im trying to research the painter I cant understand g.millet or j.millet or f.millet

if ever have an idea i could send the picture of the painting might help.
thanking you in advice

Amgueddfa Cymru, 8 September 2010, 15:10

The Jean-Franois Millet who painted 'The Gust of Wind' and a number of other works in our collection, usually signed his works 'J.F. Millet'. There have been, however, numerous other artists with the surname 'Millet', so the initials on your picture may be different. If you send me a digital photograph and a close-up of the signature we might be able to gain more of an idea.

Kind regards,
Dr. Anne Pritchard, Assistant Curator of Historic Art

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