Jean-Baptiste Millet (1830-1906)

Jean-Baptiste Millet sleeps his eternal sleep in the cimetery of Auvers-sur-Oise, not far from where Theo and Vincent Van Gogh rest together. A symbolic shortcut the Dutch genius would have liked, as he always claimed he considered Jean-François Millet a role model, author of the legendary painting The Angelus bought at the record prize of 750 000 gold francs in 1889! Jean-François was none other than Jean-Baptiste’s older brother and teacher; the latter became painter in his turn to prolong the family’s passion which devoted them both to intimate scenes and landscapes. Open-air painter, obviously, he had the honour of hanging several of his works during the second impressionist exhibition organised at the Durand-Ruel Gallery in 1876. Other sign of recognition: the museum of Liège bought one of his landscapes. Presently, the four drawings shown here come from a private collection dispersed in Drouot.