Shepherdess with Her Flock (1864) by Jean-Francois Millet

Shepherdess with Her Flock - Jean-Francois Millet - c.1863

Artwork Information

TitleShepherdess with Her Flock
ArtistJean-Francois Millet
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions81 x 101 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris
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About Shepherdess with Her Flock

Jean-Francois Millet’s Shepherdess with Her Flock, painted in 1864, captures a serene and harmonious scene set in the French countryside. The painting depicts a young shepherdess knitting as she stands before her flock of sheep. Even though the landscape is dull and monotonic, the scene’s calm and tranquil nature evokes feelings of peace and contentment.

Millet was famous for his peasant-themed paintings, making this piece fit perfectly into his oeuvre. He modeled the painting after his daughter Louise, which helped him convey an authentic representation of peasant life. During its debut at Salon de Paris in 1864, Shepherdess with Her Flock gained critical success due to its masterful execution focusing on detailed accuracy and authenticity.

Shepherdess with Her Flock is one of Millet’s most popular paintings because it showcases a real-life portrayal of rural life during that time period—a nod to naturalism art movement that emerged at that time focused on portraying reality as truthfully as possible without any idealization. The painting’s technical prowess lies in its meticulous details and extraordinary ability to capture human emotions while emphasizing contentment amidst rural settings – an enduring reminder of what French society valued for many years.

Overall, Jean-Francois Millet’s Shepherdess With Her Flocks remains an artistic masterpiece that provides art enthusiasts a chance to appreciate not only the painter’s skill but also transport themselves back through time while admiring the beauty found in ordinary moments of everyday life.

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