About This Artwork

Jean-François Millet
French, 1814-1875

Woman Feeding Chickens, 1846/48

Oil on canvas
45.8 x 38.2 cm (18 1/4 x 15 in.)
Inscribed lower right: J. F. Millet

Henry Field Memorial Collection, 1894.1064

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Tokyo, The Seibu Museum of Art, The Impressionist Tradition: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago, October 18–December 17, 1985, cat. 2; traveled to Fukuoka, Fukuoka Art Museum, January 5–February 2, 1986 and Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, March 4–April 13, 1986.

Publication History

“Drift of the Dog Days,” The Collector 4, 16 (1893), p. 247.

Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of Paintings, Sculpture, and Other Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1894), p. 56, no. 32.

“The Henry Field Memorial Collection,” Art Amateur 31, 6 (1894), p. 115.

“Art Institute of Chicago: II – Modern Paintings: The Henry Field Collection,” Art Amateur 32, 1 (1894), p. 19.

Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Report of the Trustees for the Year Ending June 4, 1895 (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1895), p. 37, no. 32.

Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1895), p. 67, no. 32.

Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1896), p. 73, no. 32.

Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago: 1898), p. 94, no. 32.

Charles Francis Browne, “The Permanent Collections in the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago: IV. – The Henry Field Memorial Collection,” Brush and Pencil 2, 1 (1898), p. 7.

“Chicago, ILL.: The Art Institute of Chicago,” in American Art Annual 1898 (London: Macmillan & Co., 1899), p. 140, no. 32.

Louis Soullié, Peintures, aquarelles, pastels, dessins de Jean-François Millet relevés dans les catalogues de ventes de 1849 à 1900 (Paris: L. Soullié, 1900), p. 33.

Art Institute of Chicago, General Catalogue of Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1901), p. 162, no. 132.

Frederick Clifton Pierce, Field Genealogy, vol. 2 (Chicago: Hammond Press, 1901), p. 712, no. 32.

Art Institute of Chicago, General Catalogue of Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1904), p. 167, no. 132.

Art Institute of Chicago, General Catalogue of Sculpture, Paintings and Other Objects (Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, 1907), p. 179, no. 132.

Art Institute of Chicago, General Catalogue of Sculpture, Paintings and Other Objects (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1910), p. 171, no. 132.

Art Institute of Chicago, General Catalogue of Paintings, Sculpture and Other Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1913), p. 115, no. 132.

Art Institute of Chicago, General Catalogue of Paintings, Sculpture and Other Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1914), p. 119, no. 132.

Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture and Architecture (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1917), p. 119, no. 132.

Art Institute of Chicago, Handbook of Sculpture, Architecture, Paintings, and Drawings (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1920), p. 24, no. 132.

Etienne Moreau-Nélaton, Millet: raconté par lui-même vol. 2 (Paris: H. Laurens, 1921), pp. 5, 9, 55.

Art Institute of Chicago, Handbook of Sculpture, Architecture and Paintings (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1922), p. 24, no. 132.

Art Institute of Chicago, Handbook of Sculpture, Architecture, and Paintings (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1923), p. 24, no. 132.

“Millets in the Art Institute,” Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago 18, 7 (1924), pp. 87–8.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1925), p. 146, no. 132.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1932), p. 164.

Robert L. Herbert, “Millet Reconsidered,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 1 (1966), pp. 32, 43, 57, fig. 5.

William S. Talbot, “Jean-François Millet: Return from the Fields,” Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 60, 9 (1973), pp. 260–1, fig. 5.

Edward J. Sullivan and Ruth Krueger Meyer, The Taft Museum: European and American Paintings (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1995), pp. 263–4, fig. 1.

Ownership History

Possibly sold by the artist to Letrône [according to Soullié 1900 and see Herbert 1966]; his sale Hôtel Drouot, Paris, January 14, 1859, no. 33. Possibly Mary J. Morgan; her sale, New York, American Art Galleries, March 3, 1886, lot 116, for 20,000 francs [price according to Soullié 1900]. Henry Field (died 1890), Chicago; his widow Mrs. Florence Lathrop Field; given to the Art Institute, 1894.




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