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The Sower
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The Sower

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Description Millet first gained widespread notoriety with his iconic image of a sower shown at the 1850/51 Paris Salon. In this pastel version, he integrates the sower into the landscape around Barbizon with a harrower, a flock of crows, and the tower of Chailly visible in the distance. Millet built up his composition with a network of black chalk lines before adding his pastels.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; repaired; other
  • 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 Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • 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 Montaignac, Paris; purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, June 9, 1884 [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 588.
Inscriptions "J.F. Millet" in chalk in lower right
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1884

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ca. 1865
pastel and crayon or pastel on cream buff paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
17 1/8 x 21 1/16 in. (43.5 x 53.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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