Jean-François Millet

Jean-François Millet was a French painter well-known for his scenes of peasant farmers toiling in rural landscapes, and the religious sub-texts that often accompanied them. He can be categorized as part of the Realism art movement. His humble manner of living allowed him to see godliness and virtue in physical labor, then then paint it. His is one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet was the first child of a married farming couple. Raised a hard worker, Millet knew all the in’s and out’s of working at a farm. When Millet turned 18, his father sent him to study with a portrait painter to start a formal artistic education. He then went to art school but had his scholarship revoked after a time, but he did not let that stop him! He continued developing his talent and would eventually become a massive success. He turned his back on the academic style of his early artistic education and co-founded the Barbizon school near Fontainebleau in Normandy, France with fellow artist Théodore Rousseau. 

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