About this artwork

This spirited preparatory drawing is associated with a composition of 1856 called A Shepherdess Knitting. There are two versions, one in the Cincinnati Art Museum and another in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Millet’s paintings of shepherdesses were greatly admired, and inspired Vincent van Gogh to pay homage to Millet in his own work.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    A Shepherdess
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • materials:
    Black chalk with touches of blue chalk on pale buff paper
  • measurements:
    22.80 x 15.10 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Mr A.E. Anderson Gift 1929
  • accession number:
    D 3729
  • gallery:
  • glossary:
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Jean-François Millet

Jean-François Millet