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.
|1/01/2002||Treatment||examined 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.
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- 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.
- Millet and Modern Art: Van Gogh to Dalí. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, AJ Amsterdam; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis. 2019-2020.
Provenance Montaignac, Paris; purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, June 9, 1884 ; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.  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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