Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875 French
101.6 x 82.6 cm (40 x 32 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Out on Loan
On display at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, April 19, 2014 – August 31, 2014
Jean-François Millet was the artist that van Gogh most revered. Although he never saw Millet's famous Sower - already in a Boston collection before he was born - van Gogh admired Millet's other treatments of the theme, and sought to emulate them. At the very beginning of his career, he wrote that "I must draw diggers, sowers, men & women at the plough, without cease. . . I no longer stand as helpless before nature as I used to do."