Calling the Cows Home

Jean-François Millet French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 802

Millet mentioned this painting in a letter of August 1872 to his friend and biographer, Alfred Sensier: "I've groaned more than I've worked, since I've done hardly anything but a sketch. You know the subject, a cowherd sounding his horn to collect his cattle at the end of the day." Millet had treated this subject in a charcoal drawing of 1857–58 and a pastel of 1866.

Calling the Cows Home, Jean-François Millet (French, Gruchy 1814–1875 Barbizon), Oil on wood

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