Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh, Millet, & Siesta in the Afternoon-A Noontime Respite

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VAN GOGH, MILLET & SIESTA IN THE AFTERNOON

A NOONTIME RESPITE

 

Vincent van Gogh, Noon–Rest from Work (after Millet), 1889-1890, oil on canvas, Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France

Millet is father Millet….counsellor and mentor in everything for young artists.

Vincent van Gogh, excerpt, letter to brother Theo, 1885

While he was at the mental institution in Saint-Remy, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) often reinterpreted the works of his artistic idol French masterJean-Franciois Millet (1814-1875), who was especially renowned for his works of peasant life. (See below to view the Millet painting which inspired Vincent.)

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Jean-Francois Millet, Noonday Rest, 1866, pastel and black conte crayon on buff wove paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

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