End of the Hamlet of Gruchy

Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)


46.4 x 55.9 cm (18 1/4 x 22 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Frances Vrachos Gallery (Gallery 144)





Millet grew up in Gruchy, a tiny town in Normandy whose single street ended in a sweeping vista of the sea. He painted several versions of this view in an attempt to capture the experience of a child who, knowing only the world of his quiet village, is held up for the first time to see the distant horizon.


Lower right: J. F. Millet


Possibly painted for M. P., Perpignan [see note 1]. Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy A. Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

[1] According to Sensier in J.-F. Millet, La Vie et L'Oeuvre (1881), p. 167, as
Bout du Village de Gréville." M.P. may refer to M. Jules Pams (b. 1852 – d. 1930), Perpignan and Paris, politician and amateur art consultant who was closely associated with the Musée de Perpignan.

Credit Line

Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton