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The End of the Workday (La fin de la journée)

1865-1870
29 1/4 x 37 x 3/4 in. (74.3 x 94 x 1.9 cm)

Jean François Millet
French (1814 - 1875)

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: Pastel and crayon on paper
Credit Line: George Eastman Collection of the University of Rochester
Accession Number: 1936.74
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: George Eastman Collection

On one of their many long, evening walks, Millet said to his brother Pierre: “It is astonishing toward the approach of night, how grand everything on the plain appears, especially when we see figures thrown out against the sky. Then they look like giants.”

The End of the Workday showcases Millet’s fascination with the hour of twilight, which moved him by its power to transform human and other natural forms into strange shapes, evocative of dreams. The pastel, which shows a peasant silhouetted against the fading sky, putting on his jacket after a day of labor, is classic Millet. Best known as a painter of peasants, a politically and socially complex subject matter in France of the 1800s, his scenes of rural life focused on the human figure as much if not more than the landscape.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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M. Knoedler (dealer), New York

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genre scenes
scenes of everyday life
jobs & work
depictions of working, also professions as subcategories

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