Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I really love this painting by Jean-Francois Millet [French Realist Painter, 1814-1875], and I wanted to share it with you. Note the glow coming from the oven and the enormous proofing baskets. You can see the peel's long handle bending under the weight of the dough going into the oven. There's a pitch fork leaning up against the oven, probably for organizing the fuel that might have been dried stalks of some sort from the fields. Bundled brush and twigs were also used to fire the oven. The colors are somber, helping to create a very atmospheric painting.

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