Jean-François Millet was the artist that van Gogh most revered. Although he never saw Millet's famous Sower - already in a Boston collection before he was born - van Gogh admired Millet's other treatments of the theme, and sought to emulate them. At the very beginning of his career, he wrote that "I must draw diggers, sowers, men & women at the plough, without cease. . . I no longer stand as helpless before nature as I used to do."


  • Title: The Sower
  • Creator Lifespan: 1814 - 1875
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1850
  • Physical Dimensions: w826 x h1016 mm
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr. and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/the-sower-31601
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Inscription: Lower left: J. F. Millet
  • By: Jean-François Millet

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