Cover image for Jean-François Millet : drawn into the light
Jean-François Millet : drawn into the light
Murphy, Alexandra R.
Publication Information:
Williamstown, Mass. : Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in association with the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. ; New Haven : Yale University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 137 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
An exhibition catalog.
Added Author:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
NC248.M55 A4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

On Order



An exploration of the work of Jean-Francois Millet. It examines his technical and creative achievement, focusing on his rarely-seen pastels, watercolours and drawings. It also discusses his confrontation with the physical landscape of work and his perception of light and weather.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Murphy and her coauthors share an enormous amount of art curatorial and writing experience, and the latest result of their labors is another superb art exhibition catalog, filled with fine art historical scholarship. An illustrated 30-page introductory essay and detailed catalog annotations discuss both the influence of Millet's most famous paintings (e.g., The Gleaners, c. 1857) and, more importantly, the qualities inherent in many of his influential but little-known and unappreciated drawings, studies, and paintings. Each of the 87 entries is illustrated and annotated with information about the work's provenance and selected references to books and journal articles. Anyone fortunate enough to view the exhibition at the Clark Art Institute (in Williamstown, MA), the Frick Art and Historical Center (Pittsburgh), or the Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh (Amsterdam) should have a marvelous experience. Recommended for all art collections.ÄP. Steven Thomas, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This fine monograph was developed to accompany a major exhibition of Millet's drawings (many heretofore little seen) at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA. Although major paintings were borrowed from around the world, one purpose of this exhibition was to point up the great strength of the often less well known drawings. The catalog is a success on all counts. There is a good balance in the essay between the formal concerns of the work and the social context and intention of Millet's pastoral scenes. Murphy effectively locates Millet's work between its academic sources and the later accomplishments of Impressionism. The illustrations are numerous, clear, and instructive in their relationship one to another. All levels of readers. J. T. Frazer; Wesleyan University