About This Artwork

Jean François Millet
French, 1814-1875

Landscape - Hillside in Gruchy, Normandy, 1869/70

Pen and brown ink on cream laid paper
304 x 365 mm

Gift of Marjorie Blum-Kovler Collection and the Harry and Maribel G. Blum Foundation, 1995.54

Famous as a painter of rural life, in the late 1860s Millet focused on the spa town of Vichy in south central France, where his ailing wife sought a cure in thermal springs. This striking ink drawing may depict Vichy or Millet’s home of Gruchy, Normandy, where he stayed in 1870–71, during the Franco-Prussian War. Here the landscape—with an unusually raised horizon line—dominates rural life.

— Exhibition label, Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions, August 27, 2016–January 29, 2017, Galleries 124–127.

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