Man Leaning over a Bale of Grain II (studies for Harvesters Resting)
Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)
Sheet: 29.3 x 20 cm (11 9/16 x 7 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Black conté crayon on white wove paper
Not On View
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.
Stamped in center in brown ink: J. F. M.
Millet estate (Lugt 1460); G. Bhyne, France; Leicester Galleries, London, in 1920; acquired June 1961
Edwin E. Jack Fund