About This Artwork

Jean François Millet
French, 1814-1875

The Departure for Work, 1857

Charcoal and black Conté crayon, with orange, gray, white, and green pastel and stumping, on cream wove paper, laid down on cream laid paper
340 x 283 mm
Signed recto, lower right, in black Conté crayon: "J. F. Millet"

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection, 1998.693

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Cambridge, Mass., Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, December 9, 1967–March 29, 1968.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Drawings in Dialogue: Old Master Through Modern, The Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection," June 3–July 30, 2006, pp. 108-109, cat. 73 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Souvenirs of the Barbizon: Photographs, Paintings and Works on Paper", July 2 - September 25, 2011.

Publication History

Etienne Moreau-Nelaton, Millet 2 (Paris, 1921), p. 36, fig. 112.

Ownership History

Emile Gavet (1830–1904); sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 11–12, 1875, lot 21. F. Kahn, Paris [collector notes]. Sold by Jacques Dubourg, Paris, to Dorothy Braude Edinburg, March 24, 1967 [collector notes]; given to the Art Institute, 1998.

Interpretive Resources

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