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Gathering ears of corn - Jean-Francois Millet. 83,5x110
In the canvases of Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875), the simplicity of the compositions and their characteristic lyrical mood captivates. The everyday scenes of everyday life of peasants received special significance in his painting. Carefully selecting plots, isolating the most important thing, the master almost turned the images into symbols.
Three female figures, bent to the ground and picking up the ears of corn that remained on the field after the harvest, are perceived as the personification of the peasant life associated with the land. People always bow their heads in front of her and bend their backs, cultivating fields and harvesting. Arguing about this, the artist says: “On the plowed places you see digging and digging figures. From time to time they straighten their loins and wipe their forehead with the back of their hand. Is this work joyful, fun ?. Here, however, is true humanity for me, great poetry. ” In this for the master, the Old Testament command is manifested to the man "eat his bread in the sweat of his face."