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Must Say Jean Francois Millet A Romantic Hero

5 Jul

“Born to modestly successful Norman peasants, Millet began studying art in Cherbourg at eighteen. In 1837 he received funding to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After ten years of mixed success while he supported himself with portraitsThe Winnower appeared at the Salon of 1848 and was the first of his peasant pictures to sell. In 1849 he moved to Barbizon in Fontainebleau forest, where he lived for the rest of his life, mostly in grim poverty. There he painted his most famous works, including The Man with a Hoe.”

With a very poor life, he once came to the capital of art—Paris, but he found there was anything else other than Louvre that he could bear. His religious heart hared the debauchery of vulgarity of Paris. Living in poverty, he had to copy the painting of rococo painter Boucher and Watteau which he hated most to exchange bread. But in his heart, he always admired Michelangelo and Poussin. He finally left Paris and found his place in Barbizon and rural areas. His wearing was not better than the farmers. In fact, he would do farm work when he did not paint. He had married twice and owned many children. Sometimes his children could barely make ends meet, but he and his wife had been angry for two days. Sometimes when one of his friends took the relief funds, the frozen painter could get up to buy a bundle of firewood to warm him.

The son of a small peasant farmer of Gréville in Normandy, Millet showed a precocious interest in drawing, and arrived in Paris in 1838 to become a pupil of Paul Delaroche.