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The Angelus


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Description This drawing is a later version of Millet's best-known painting (now in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris). A young peasant and his companion pause from their work to say the angelus prayer for the dead. Millet spoke of his intention to evoke the "music" of the distant church bells across the Chailly plain. His accomplished use of crayon is evident in the many shades of gray between the white of the horizon and the black of the peasant's hat.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/18/1983Examinationexamined for exhibition
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; mounted; other
Exhibitions
  • The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
  • French Masterworks on Paper. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
  • American Art in the Barbizon Mood. National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington. 1975.
  • A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • The Road to Impressionism: Landscapes from Corot to Manet. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004-2005.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance D. P. Sellars Collection, London; William T. Walters, Baltimore, before 1884, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions "J.F. Millet " in charcoal at upper right
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1884

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Period
ca. 1860
Medium
black conté crayon on beige, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.903
Measurements
12 1/2 x 17 7/8 in. (31.7 x 45.4 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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