Man Leaning over a Bale of Grain II (studies for Harvesters Resting)

1851–53
Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)


Catalogue Raisonné

Murphy 038

Dimensions

Sheet: 29.3 x 20 cm (11 9/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

61.627

Medium or Technique

Black conté crayon on white wove paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

Studies for Harvesters Resting, oil, 1853, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


This preparatory drawing for Millet’s major painting “Harvesters Resting (Ruth and Boaz),” also in the exhibition, helps us understand his careful process of study and planning on paper, in the tradition of many great European artists. After laying out his initial ideas, Millet did careful studies of individuals and light and shadow, of which this a particularly fine example.

Inscription

Stamped in center in brown ink: J. F. M.

Provenance

Millet estate (Lugt 1460); G. Bhyne, France; Leicester Galleries, London, in 1920; acquired June 1961

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund