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The Angelus, 1857-1859. Artist: Jean Francois Millet

The Angelus, 1857-1859. Artist: Jean Francois Millet



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The Angelus, 1857-1859. Artist: Jean Francois Millet

The Angelus, 1857-1859. A man and woman working in a potato field pause for prayer when they hear the bell rung in the church in the right background

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Farmer Fork Jean Francois Jean Francois Millet Millet Peasant Peasants Piety Pious Prayer Praying Wheelbarrow Ann Ronan Pictures


The Angelus, 1857-1859

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by Jean Francois Millet captures a poignant moment in the lives of two hardworking individuals. In this painting, set against the backdrop of a potato field, a man and woman pause from their labor to engage in prayer upon hearing the distant church bell tolling. The artist skillfully portrays the essence of rural life and poverty prevalent during 19th-century France. Millet's use of color brings vibrancy to this scene, highlighting the female figure with her wheelbarrow and fork as she joins her male counterpart in expressing piety. Their occupation as farmers is evident through their attire and tools, symbolizing their connection to the land they work on. This artwork not only depicts an agricultural setting but also explores themes of religion and spirituality. The act of praying demonstrates their deep-rooted faith amidst challenging circumstances. It serves as a reminder that even in times of hardship, one can find solace through devotion. "The Angelus" stands as a testament to Millet's ability to capture human emotions within his paintings. Through his meticulous brushstrokes and attention to detail, he invites viewers into this humble moment shared by these peasants – reminding us all of the importance of faith, community, and finding peace amidst adversity.

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