Noonday Rest

1866
Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)


Dimensions

29.2 x 41.9 cm (11 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

17.1511

Medium or Technique

Pastel and black conté crayon on buff wove paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Pastels

Inscription

Lower right: J. F. Millet

Provenance

1866, Emile Gavet (b. 1830 -d. 1904), Paris (original commission) [see note 1]; June 11-12, 1875, Gavet sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 60, to Alexis-Eugène Détrimont (dealer), Paris [see note 2]. Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr. and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

NOTES:
[1] This was among the first group of pastels that Gavet, a Parisian architect, commissioned from Millet. See Alexandra R. Murphy, "Jean-François Millet" (Boston: MFA, 1984), p. 169, cat. no. 113.

[2] Detrimont (b. 1825) was a dealer, restorer, and framer. Murphy (as above, n. 1) suggests he may have purchased this for Quincy Adams Shaw.

Credit Line

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