Catherine Lemaire was Millet's second wife, his companion for thirty years, with whom he had nine children. The intimacy of this portrait relies in great part on the sensitive depiction of light falling on her gentle face, coarse shawl, and loosely gathered hair.
[H. Atger (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 12 March, 1874, lot 78)]; Georges Petit, Paris; [Barbédienne (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 27 April, 1885, lot 78)]; Major Henry Lee and Mrs. (Francis Agassiz) Higginson, Boston; acquired April 7, 1921
Gift of Mrs. Henry Lee Higginson
- Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875
Sheet: 55.9 x 42.9 cm (22 x 16 7/8 in.) Framed: 69.5 x 59.7 cm (27 3/8 x 23 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Black conté crayon, heightened with white, on blue-gray laid paper