Faggot Gatherers Returning from the Forest (recto); Woman Holding Laundry. Study for Washerwomen (verso)

about 1854
Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)


Catalogue Raisonné

Murphy 057; Murphy 61

Dimensions

Sheet: 28.6 x 46.7 cm (11 1/4 x 18 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

76.437

Medium or Technique

Black conté crayon on dark cream wove paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

After collecting fallen branches for sale in the village, a routine but exhausting labor in the peasant community of Barbizon, a group of three women emerge from the Fontainebleau forest at dusk. The trees and the trudging women, who carry heavy bundles of sticks (faggots), echo each other in a series of shadowy columnar forms, endowing the scene with the solemnity of a ritual procession. The woman in the foreground drags a long walking stick.

Provenance

Millet studio sale (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 10-11 May, 1875, lot 127); bought by Richard Hearn for Brimmer; Martin Brimmer (1829-1896, Boston, MA); acquired by MFA July 1876, gift of Martin Brimmer.

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer