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Primroses

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Millet’s art was groundbreaking in its assertion that ordinary men and women and the most commonplace activities were worthy subjects for serious art. Characteristically, he found beauty in humble flowers – dandelions and primroses, or cowslips, that grew on the floor of the Forest of...

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Inscription

Lower right: J. F. Millet

Provenance

1868-1875, acquired from the artist by Emile Gavet, Paris (commissioned in 1867); June 11-12, 1875, sold at Gavet sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, no. 47, and bought by Détrimont (probably for Quincy Adams Shaw). By 1917, Quincy Adams Shaw, Boston; 1917, gift of 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

1867–68

Dimensions

40.3 x 47.9 cm (15 7/8 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1523

Medium or Technique

Pastel on gray-brown wove paper

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Pastels