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Winter - The Faggot Gatherers

MILLET, Jean-François (1814 - 1875)

Winter - The Faggot Gatherers

Date: 1868-75

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 82.0 x 100.0 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2478

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

This stark image of rural hardship depicts three heavily laden women returning in the darkness from collecting firewood. The subject is one which Millet revisited in sketches over the course of several years. This painting, however, remained unfinished. It is possible that it represented ‘Winter’ in a group of the four seasons. Millet painted over a female portrait which is partly visible on the right.

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