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The Angelus, 1857-59 by Jean-Francois Millet - Reproduction Oil Painting
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The Angelus, 1857-59

Jean-Francois Millet's iconic image of prayer, the Angelus, painted in 1857-59, caused a storm of wild appreciation upon its exhibition, skyrocketing prices of works by the Barbizon school, a wing of Romanticism that pushed for increased social realism in art. Millet staged his figurative reproduction of peasant life on commission from the American art collector Thomas Gold Appleton who, unfortunately for him, never came to collect the piece. In a gloomy and expansive field a man and woman are saying the Angelus prayer, taking a break from their task of digging potatoes by downing the tools of their toil. Painted in recollection of a childhood memory, Millet's glorious painting is not an enunciation of faith from a pious man. Instead, this masterpiece of Realism painting articulates a beat in the rhythm of rural life, capturing a moment's breath in an eternity of work. The meditative look on the face of his subjects embodies a tender and empathetic eye for peasant life that was rare in the nineteenth century.

Following the 1824 Paris Salon which, amongst others, featured the works of the emerging English Romantic painter John Constable, scenes of rural life became increasingly popular after centuries of critical derision. Soon becoming the ideal embodiment of the Romantic ideal in painting, landscape reproductions also carried the utopian ideals of revolution that was captivating the European intelligensia. Millet took the genre of landscape painting to another level with the addition of idiosyncratic characters and glimpses of peasant life. The Angelus has had a curious history, a reproduction of which hung in Salvador Dalí's childhood school and terrified the would-be Surrealist master. Dedicating a series of paintings and reproductions to Millet's canvas, the captivating effect of the praying peasant made an indelible mark on the work of Dalí' and has emerged into the twenty-first century as a mutable and contemplative work of art.

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The Angelus, 1857-59 Jean-Francois Millet

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