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The Shepherdess and Her Flock
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The Shepherdess and Her Flock

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Description Millet's image of a shepherdess knitting on the plain of Chailly was modeled after his daughter Louise and was one of his most critically successful works when shown at the 1864 Salon. This is one of four pastels versions after the painting (now in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris). His dynamic use of pastels masterfully evokes the sense of light breaking through the clouds.
Date Description Narrative
2/21/1963Treatmentcoated; mounted; re-housed
2/18/1983Examinationexamined for exhibition
2/17/1992Treatmentmounted; re-housed
9/25/1998Examinationexamined for loan
9/25/1998Loan Considerationexamined for loan
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; mounted; other
9/07/2004Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • French Masterworks on Paper. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
  • The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
  • 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 Charles Tillot Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 14, 1887, lot 29; purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, May 14, 1887 [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 649.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right, in black pastel: J.F. Millet
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1887

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pastel and charcoal with black pen and ink on dark beige, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
15 1/2 x 20 in. (39.4 x 50.8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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