Young Woman Spinning

1850–52
Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)


Catalogue Raisonné

Murphy 023

Dimensions

Sheet: 25.7 x 17.3 cm (10 1/8 x 6 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

63.141

Medium or Technique

Sanguine conté crayon on beige laid paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

This delightful work was almost certainly prepared to appeal to a growing market of drawings collectors and connoisseurs. Millet’s virtuosic handling of a rust-colored crayon to fluidly describe the agile movements of a spinner and animate her surroundings reveals his knowledge, and mastery, of Old Master techniques.

Inscription

With "J. F. M." stamp lower left (Lugt 1460)

Provenance

Millet estate (Lugt 1460); Alfred Strölin, Paris; Galerie de Bayser, Paris; acquired February 1963

Credit Line

Charles Hitchcock Tyler Residuary Fund