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Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875)

Title: Study for "Ruth and Boaz"
Medium: Graphite
Date Of Execution: 1853
Dimensions: 1 7/8 x 4"; Frame: 13 x 15 x 1-3/4"
Signature: Signed with the estate stamp (Lugt 1460), lower left

Professor Eric G. Calrson (1940-2016), noted scholar and private art dealer

According to Alexandra Murphy, this drawing was part of lot 268, sold Hotel Drouot, April 21-22, 1913, from the collection of Henri Rouart.
Exhibited and Illustrated:
Jill Newhouse Gallery/Galerie de Bayser
The Drawings of Jean-Francois Millet
January 21-March 4, 2022
No. 8
References And Exhibitions:

The painting, "Harvesters Resting (Ruth and Boaz)," is considered Millet's masterpiece.  It is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (06.2421).

"Millet spent more time on this painting than any of his other works and considered it his masterpiece. His goal was to turn the genre painting—or scene from everyday life—into a socially important statement. Here Millet portrays the resting harvesters at their midday meal, their attention focused on Ruth and Boaz, who are standing outside their circle. Ruth’s awkward stance and downcast eyes portray the unease she feels at joining the group. Boaz protectively touches her left shoulder, assuring her safety. This painting was the first recognized success for Millet; it earned him a second-place medal in the prestigious 1853 Paris Salon competition."

Note: A number of related drawings of the painting Ruth and Boaz are in the collection of the MFA Boston. 

See the MFA Collection search for related drawings

Price: (US) $8,500.00
Inventory Number: FA2501



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