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Cooper Tightening Staves on a Barrel

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Millet's images of workers deeply focused on their tasks look back to a long French tradition of illustrating the twelve labors of the months or the industries of distant provinces with workers surrounded by their tools. However, Millet minimized anecdotal detail or regional idiosyncrasy in...

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Inscription

Lower left: J. F. Millet

Provenance

Constant Troyon (b. 1810 - d. 1865), Paris; January 22 - February 1, 1866, Troyon sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 564, to A. Legrand. Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw, through Quincy A. Shaw, Jr. and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

Credit Line

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

about 1848–52

Catalogue Raisonné

Murphy 24

Dimensions

45.1 x 33.0 cm (17 3/4 x 13 in.)

Accession Number

17.1500

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Europe

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