Artist: Jean-François Millet (French, Gruchy 1814–1875 Barbizon)
Date: probably 1856–57
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 15 5/8 x 13 1/2 in. (39.7 x 34.3 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Stephen C. Clark, 1938
Accession Number: 38.75
Millet first treated this subject in a woodcut, one of ten in the series Labors of the Fields that were published in a popular periodical in 1853. The art dealer Martinet, in whose gallery such avant-garde artists as Courbet and Manet exhibited, included this painting in a show in 1860.