Shepherdess Seated on a Rock

Jean-François Millet French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 802

Millet had almost finished a painting of the same subject in 1856 (Cincinnati Art Museum), when the young American artist Edward Wheelwright admired it in his studio and asked to buy it. As that work was promised to a patron, Millet agreed to make a replica. Wheelwright recalled that Millet took the second version to the same state of completion as the original, and then "worked on the two pictures alternatively," advancing on one, then turning to the other, and "in this way making both . . . better than either would have been without the rivalry." Wheelwright selected the one now in Cincinnati.

Shepherdess Seated on a Rock, Jean-François Millet (French, Gruchy 1814–1875 Barbizon), Oil on wood

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