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Morning Toilette

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This delicately executed study in crayon and pastel of Millet's daughter, getting dressed in the soft light shining through the window panes, brings to mind Johannes Vermeer's views of young women in Dutch interiors. Vermeer, who was "rediscovered" in this period by a French historian, was one...

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Inscription

Lower right: J. F. Millet

Provenance

Alfred Sensier, Paris; sold by Sensier at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, December 10-18, 1877, lot no. 192), and bought by A. Legrand (probably for Quincy Adams Shaw, Boston); 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 1860–62

Catalogue Raisonné

Murphy 82

Dimensions

37.1 x 25.7 cm (14 5/8 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1502

Medium or Technique

Black conté crayon and pastel on cream laid paper

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Pastels