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Potato Planters

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In Millet's time, many people considered potatoes unfit food even for animals, but these peasants are planting potatoes for themselves to eat. "Why should the work of a potato planter," wrote Millet, "be less interesting or less noble than any other activity?" Millet gives the harsh reality of...

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1862, with Ennemond Blanc and Arthur Stevens; 1862, with Francis Petit. M. Soultzener. By 1877, anonymous owner; March 13, 1877, sold by anonymous owner as part of the de Hauff sale at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, no. 26. By 1879, 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)

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

about 1861


82.5 x 101.3 cm (32 1/2 x 39 7/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas