La Lessiveuse

Jean-Francois Millet, La Lessiveuse (The Lye-Washer), circa. 1852. Black chalk on wove paper, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ.

Millet grew up in a farming community in Normandy and is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers, including his most famous painting,The Gleaners. He was associated with the literary and artistic Realism movement, combining activity and harmony to depict the nobility of working people. Many contemporaries interpreted his work as a political commentary on the growing workers’ movement of the era, but Millet himself consistently denied this connection.  

Jean-Francois Millet, La Lessiveuse  (The Lye-Washer), ca. 1852. Black chalk on wove paper, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ.

Of or related to the written word, especially that which is considered literature; literary criticism is a interpretative method that has been adapted to biblical analysis.

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