Millet, Jean François
French, 19th century, male.
Born 4 October 1814, in Gruchy, near Gréville (Manche); died 20 January 1875, in Barbizon.
Painter, pastellist, engraver, draughtsman. Portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures.
Realism (related to).
The son of a farmer from Gréville, near Cherbourg, Millet began to draw on the walls of the family home while still a young child. M. Langlois, curator of the Cherbourg municipal museum, advised the family to allow the boy to work at his drawing, and he was subsequently taught by Mouchel, while continuing to carry out his share of work on the farm. He was quickly hailed as a child prodigy, and helped by friends to secure an annual municipal grant of 600 francs, enabling him to study in Paris. Millet left for Paris in 1838, aged 23, and entered the studio of the painter Paul Delaroche; his already firmly fixed views on art surprised Delaroche, provoking violent quarrels between master and pupil. Millet’s ideas were opposed by the entire studio, earning him the nickname ...