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Pears

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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?"

Inscription

Lower right: J. F. Millet

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton

about 1862–66

Dimensions

18.4 x 25.4 cm (7 1/4 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

17.1519

Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

Collections

Europe

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Paintings