Description A young girl, identifiable as a peasant by her kerchief and her work-roughened hands and feet, extends her leg to dip a heel into the stream. In this painting, Millet refers to a long tradition in European art of depicting the idealized female nude in a natural setting, often in the guise of a mythological figure. The artist reworks this convention from a Realist perspective, emphasizing the goose girl's working-class status, adolescent body, and vulnerable pose. Millet developed this composition through numerous studies made over a period of seven years.
|9/17/1964||Examination||examined for loan|
|3/24/1975||Treatment||loss compensation; coated; other|
|9/02/1998||Examination||examined for loan|
- From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951.
- Birth of Impressionism. Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York. 1963.
- Man: Glory, Jest, and Riddle, A Survey of the Human Form Through the Ages. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco. 1964-1965.
- Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
- Drawn into the Light: Jean-François Millet. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; The Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh; Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, AJ Amsterdam. 1999-2000.
- Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. 2000-2002.
- A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002-2004.
- The Road to Impressionism: Landscapes from Corot to Manet. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004-2005.
- The Road to Impressionism: Barbizon Landscapes from the Walters Art Museum. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; The Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh. 2008-2009.
- 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011.
Provenance Ennemond Blanc [dealer], 1865, by purchase [from the artist]; Van Praet, Brussels [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; J. Saulnier, Bordeaux [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Mme Vve. Saulnier Sale, Paris, 1886, no. 64 [illus. 29]; Sedelmeyer Sale, Paris, March 25, 1892, no. 10; Henri Heugel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henri Heugel Sale, Paris, May 26, 1905, no. 12; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1905, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] At lower left: J. F. Millet
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1905
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