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Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí


Saint Louis Art Museum / St. Louis / Art

French painter Jean-François Millet (1814–1875) famously said, “A peasant I was born, a peasant I will die.” He stayed true to his origins, depicting laborers at work in gentle, earthy tones. He framed his compatriots in spirituality, a softness imbuing the figures with a mystical glow. In the first exhibition to analyze his international legacy, Millet’s work is placed alongside those he influenced, including Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, Giovanni Segantini, Winslow Homer, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Edvard Munch, and Salvador Dalí. —E.C.

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