Musée d'Orsay: Millet / Van Gogh

Millet / Van Gogh

Jean-François Millet
 (1814-1875)
 Des glaneuses also called Les glaneuses [Gleaners, also called, The Gleaners]
 1857 
 Oil on canvas
 H. 83.5; W. 110 cm
 Paris, Musée d'Orsay, donation by Mrs Pommery with life interest reserved, 1890
Jean-François Millet Gleaners© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Jean Schormans
Among the artists Van Gogh admired throughout his life, Millet held a crutial place. To the end of his carreer, he represented for him an artistic model and an example of honesty and bravery whose rustic and laborious life he idealized.

As he copied him freely, Van Gogh was reinventing the poetry of rural life and gave colour a new powerfulness. Millet's work never ended inspiring him, since the first drawings he made in Holland until the last variations round the sawer he painted in Saint Remy. The exhibition, through eighty five pieces by both artists - paintings, drawings, pastels, engravings -, highlighted the filiation which linked them and showed the extraordinary echo Millet's work found in that of Van Gogh.

Curators

Louis Van Tilborgh, director, Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and Marie-Pierre Salé, curator, Musée d'Orsay

17 September 1998 - 3 January 1999
Musée d'Orsay