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.
|2/18/1983||Examination||examined for exhibition|
|1/01/2002||Treatment||examined for exhibition; mounted; other|
- 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.
- Millet and Modern Art: Van Gogh to Dalí. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, AJ Amsterdam; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis. 2019-2020.
Provenance D. P. Sellars Collection, London; purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, May 11, 1883 ; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.  The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 903.
Inscriptions "J.F. Millet " in charcoal at upper right
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1884
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