Jean-Francois Millet – "Woman Filling Water Cans", 1854 Original Wood Engraving
Jean F. Millet "Woman Filling Water Cans", 1854 original wood engraving, conceived by Millet and engraved as a wood egraving by his brother is one of three offered here from the same limited edition portfolio, published by the fine art society, London in 1881 on fine Japon paper attached to a wove support sheet. Each work is professionally framed and in good condition.
Take note this is one of three offered, one of the suite sold for $1,035.00
Image measures 3.25 by 5.5 inches and framed at 11.5 by 13.25 Inches in a ebony and gold frame.
Images from this suite can be found is located in the chicago art institute at:
Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 — January 20, 1875) was a French painter and print-maker ) etchings , wood cuts and Lithography) and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers; he can be categorized as part of the naturalism and realism movements.
After his first painting, a portrait, was accepted at the Salon of 1840, Millet returned to Cherbourg to begin a career as a portrait painter. However, the following year he married Pauline-Virginie Ono, and they moved to Paris. After rejections at the Salon of 1843 and Pauline's death by consumption, Millet returned again to Cherbourg.] In 1845 Millet moved to Le Havre with Catherine Lemaire, whom he would marry in a civil ceremony in 1853; they would have nine children, and remain together for the rest of Millet's life. In Le Havre he painted portraits and small genre pieces for several months, before moving back to Paris.
It was in Paris in the middle 1840s that Millet befriended Constant Troyon, Narcisse Diaz, Charles Jacque, and Théodore Rousseau, artists who, like Millet, would become associated with the Barbizon school; Honoré Daumier, whose figure draftsmanship would influence Millet's subsequent rendering of peasant subjects; and Alfred Sensier, a government bureaucrat who would become a lifelong supporter and eventually the artist's biographer. In 1847 his first Salon success came with the exhibition of a painting Oedipus Taken down from the Tree, and in 1848 his Winnower was bought by the government.