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Causing a storm upon its exhibition, Jean-Francois Millet's 1875 painting The Gleaners is a stark portrayal of three peasant women at work wherein, by nineteenth century standards, there is no drama and no story to unravel. After the famous 1824 Salon de Paris exhibition featuring the works of a young John Constable, rural scenes shifted in focus from objects of scorn to the dominant reflection of Romanticism in painting. Natural landscape scenes and reproductions from life of sweeping vistas were the curious embodiment of the revolutionary idealism that was sweeping Europe. Millet took the landscape scene one step further, including figures and moments from peasant life. There emerged the Barbizon school of painters, a branch of Romanticism that strove for Realism in art.
First exhibiting the painting at the Paris Salon of 1857, The Gleaners was immediately criticised by the upper echelons of society. Unsettlingly, the mere depiction of peasants was enough to stir leading art critics and patrons to denounce the work as a glorification of what they saw as the treacherous, brutal, revolutionary underclasses. Fresh from the French Revolution of 1848, Millet's controversial reproduction of peasant life shook French society into remembering its integral working classes that were not only the backbone of the nation but were also becoming increasingly interested in socialism. Managing to sell the painting for a minuscule amount, the storm that surrounded the work eventually subsided and Millet continued his steady career. Largely ignored during the artist's lifetime, by the late-nineteenth century The Gleaners had been donated to the Louvre, eventually finding its way to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris where it is housed to this day. A lasting testament to the revolutionary elements of pastoral Realism, The Gleaners is an elegant expression of a changing world.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Gleaners, 1857, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Gleaners, 1857 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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