Madame J.-F. Millet (Catherine Lemaire)

about 1848–49
Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)

Catalogue Raisonné

Murphy 012


Sheet: 55.9 x 42.9 cm (22 x 16 7/8 in.) Framed: 69.5 x 59.7 cm (27 3/8 x 23 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black conté crayon, heightened with white, on blue-gray laid paper

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Catherine Lemaire was Millet’s second wife, his companion for thirty years, with whom he had nine children. The intimacy of this portrait relies in great part on the sensitive depiction of light falling on her gentle face, coarse shawl, and loosely gathered hair.


[H. Atger (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 12 March, 1874, lot 78)]; Georges Petit, Paris; [Barbédienne (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 27 April, 1885, lot 78)]; Major Henry Lee and Mrs. (Francis Agassiz) Higginson, Boston; acquired April 7, 1921

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Henry Lee Higginson