Research Paper On The Angelus Millet

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L'Angélus, also known as The Angelus, was painted and completed between 1857 and 1859 Jean-François Millet. Millet is most known for his scenes of rural farmers. The Angelus, a fifty-five and a half by sixty-six centimeter oil on canvas painting followed this theme. It was commissioned by the wealthy patron Thomas Gold Appleton. It was never collected by Appleton, instead it was passed around for nearly forty years until it was donated by Alfred Chauchard to the French State in 1909. It then was placed in the Louve until 1986 when it was transferred to the Musée d'Orsay, also in Paris. Millet stated himself, in 1865, that he was inspired by a childhood event when creating The Angelus. When he was a child he and his grandmother would labor…show more content…
It was not until the 1860s that his name and achievement began to grow. During this decade he received multiple commissions for series of works, one which would include 90 pieces. In 1868 he was recognized by being named Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, or Knight of The Legion of Honor. This is a very prestigious award given by the French State. Only two years later he and his family fled Barbizon due to the Franco-Prussian War and did not return until the following year. Four years after returning, he and his wife, Catherine, held a religious wedding ceremony; they originally had a civil union. Seventeen days after the ceremony Millet died. Millet lacked recognition until the later years of his life, but after his death he became a source of inspiration for some of the world’s most famous artists. Vincent Van Gough was largely influenced, during his earlier works, by Millet. Van Gough would write his brother and mention Millet very often. Millet also influenced other artists such as Claude Monet and Georges Seurat. Mark Twain also was inspired by Millet, causing Twain to make Millet the main character in his play Is He Dead? (1898). Millet’s work largely centered around the poor rural farmers working in the fields. The Angelus depicts a moment in a farmer’s day in which they would stop working in order to recite the Angelus prayer. This painting derived from a childhood memory that Millet wished to
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