The fruit and flowers included in still life paintings are often rare and expensive varieties. But Millet believed in the beauty of common things, even simple pears from a rural garden. "Who would dare to claim," he asked, "that a potato is inferior to a pomegranate?"
Lower right: J. F. Millet
Madame J.-F. Millet, Barbizon. By 1917, Quincy Adams Shaw, Boston; 1917, given to the MFA by Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy A. Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)
Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton