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Jean-François Millet, was born in 1814 in Gruchy, a hamlet ten miles west of Cherbourg in northwest France. Jean-Louis, the painter's father, possessed real artistic talent, though all his life was spent tilling the fields. He loved music and directed the village choir, he studied the forms of trees and plants; he modeled in clay when time permitted. This piece shows three woman gathering grain at harvest time, gleaning. This was a form of rural relief.  Warm colors, hazy atmosphere soothe even though the scene depicts the extreme poverty.

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Jean-Francois Millet: The Gleaners

       Pg. 993 Fig. 27-19