Millet and Modern Art: From van Gogh to Dali
The French artist Jean-Francois Millet is one of the most important painters of the Barbizon School. He is known chiefly for his poetic and sincere images of everyday peasant life, which he represented monumentally and with immense respect. His deep understanding of peasant existence and his radical painting and drawings techniques earned him praise in his own time, and also attracted considerable controversy.

Less well known is the immense impact Millet had on many generations of artists. Those who followed him appreciated not only his peasant themes but also his nudes and landscapes, which are perhaps not as familiar to us today. They admired Millet too for his anti-academic approach, inventive technique, and use of materials. Millet’s reputation stretched from Europe to North America and Russia and he inspired artists including Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Winslow Homer, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Edvard Munch, and Salvador Dali.

The paintings, drawings, and pastels in this catalogue demonstrate how progressive Millet was for is time, and how important he was to many international avant-garde artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This is the first exhibition to focus explicitly on the international influence exerted by the modernity of Millet’s work.

Format: Flexi bound
Pages: 208 pages
Size: 8 ½ x 11 inches


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