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This haunting painting of rural labour by Jean-François Millet is widely considered a masterpiece. The oil on canvas painting shows a male and a female peasant crossing the fields in front of an early morning sky. The man has a fork over his shoulder and the woman carries a basket on her head.

Millet's seminal importance as a painter of peasants is reinforced by the presence in Glasgow Museums collection of works by artists who built on his reputation such as Jules Breton, Léon Lhermitte and Jules Bastien-Lepage.

Credit: Bequeathed by James Donald, 1905...

c. 1850-1851
Oil on canvas
560.0 x 460.0mm
1111
Images and text: CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection, 2024