Sheepshearing Beneath a Tree

Jean-François Millet French

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The subject of sheep shearing occupied Millet for much of the 1850s. This composition is similar to that of a painting in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which Millet exhibited at the Salon of 1853. He produced several other drawings on this theme, a second painting, and a watercolor that was delivered to his friend and biographer Alfred Sensier in 1857. Finally, he adapted the design in a painting exhibited at the Salon of 1861.

Sheepshearing Beneath a Tree, Jean-François Millet (French, Gruchy 1814–1875 Barbizon), Conté crayon with stumping, heightened with pen and brown ink and white gouache on wove paper

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