The Faggot Gatherers by Jean-François Millet magnet

The Faggot Gatherers by Jean-François Millet magnet

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Fridge magnet featuring The Faggot Gatherers by Jean-François Millet, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

Two women are taking a short rest from gathering tree branches for sale as firewood. The older women’s hunched back and clawed hands betray a lifetime of physical toil. The setting is the forest of Fontainebleau, south of Paris, close to the village of Barbizon.

Millet was an exponent of Realism, a movement that rejected historical art and idealisation in favour of a truthful view of contemporary reality.

Following the February Revolution of 1848, he often painted this subject, which epitomised the poverty and hopelessness of peasant life. In the early 1880s Millet’s realism was admired by Scottish collectors and emulated by the Glasgow Boys, who recorded female fieldworkers in Berwickshire.

Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 – January 20, 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France.

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