About This Artwork

Jean François Millet
French, 1814-1875

Study: Nude Woman Seen from the Back (recto) Sketches of Peasants Working (verso), c. 1846

Black crayon on gray laid paper, with blue fibers (discolored to buff with tan and blue fibers)
271 x 198 mm

Edward E. Ayer Endowment Fund in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson, 1952.61

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, "Centennale de l'Art Francais," 1889, cat. 418.

Paris, Galerie Brame and Lorenceau, "J. F. Millet Dessinateur," January 31-February 19, 1938, cat. 52.

Washington, D.C., The Phillips Gallery, "Millet and Rodin," March 4-April 4, 1956.

New York, Wildenstein and Company, "Master Drawings from The Art Institute of Chicago," October 17-November 30, 1963, cat. 91.

Iowa City, The University of Iowa, "Drawing the Human Figure," 1964, cat. 104.

Paris, Musée du Louvre, "Dessins français de l’Art Institute de Chicago de Watteau à Picasso," October 15, 1976-January 17, 1977, n.p., cat. 45 (ill.).

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut, "Französische Zeichnungen aus dem Art Institute of Chicago," February 10-April 10, 1977, pp. 98-99, cat. 46 (ill.).

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Jean-François Millet," March 28-July 1, 1984, p. 17, cat. 10, cat. by Alexandra R. Murphy.

The Art Institute of Chicago, May 1-July 24, 1987 (installation, Allerton gallery 226A).

Williamstown, Mass., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, "Drawn in the Light: Jean-Francois Millet," June 18-September 7, 1999, cat. 4; traveled to Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum, October 26 1999-January 5, 2000, and New York, the Frick Collection, February 10-April 23, 2000.

Publication History

Louis Soullié, Peintures, pastels, aquarelles, dessins de Jean-François Millet relevés dans les catalogues de ventes de 1849 à 1900 (Paris, 1900), p. 201.

Arsène Alexandre, "La Collection Rouart," p. 163.

Ira Moskowitz, Drawings of the Masters: French Impressionists (New York, 1962), p. 50 (ill.).

The Vancouver Museum of Art, The Nude in Art (Vancouver, 1964), no. 60 (ill.).

Robert L. Herbert, "Millet Reconsidered," Museum Studies 1 (1966), pp. 31-32 and 56, fig. 2.

Harold Joachim, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Nineteenth Century in The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 1979), no. 5C8.

Ownership History

Estate of the artist [Lugt 1460]; sold, Durand-Ruel, Paris, May 10-11, 1875, Millet estate sale [Joachim 1979]. Possibly Alfred Sensier, Paris [Joachim 1979]. Charles Tillot, Barbizon; sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 17, 1887, Tillot sale, lot 41. Henri Rouart (died 1912), Paris; sold, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, Paris, December, 16-18, 1912, Rouart sale, lot 234 to Louis Rouart [New Haven, Conn]. Sold by Walter Feilchenfeldt, Zurich, to the Art Institute, 1952.

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