Fromentin depicts the close of the working day as colorfully garbed peasants drag their implements toward an oxcart heavily laden with their harvest. Smoke curls from a chimney in the distance, suggesting the additional reward of a warm hearth. Although Fromentin usually painted exotic scenes of an archaic North Africa, such pastoral images of the French countryside appealed to an increasingly mechanized society.
- Artist: Eugène Fromentin, French, 1820-1876
- Medium: Oil on cradled panel
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1851
- Dimensions: 12 3/8 x 19 15/16 in. (31.4 x 50.6 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed and dated lower right: "1851 Eug. Fromentin"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 21.124
- Credit Line: Bequest of William H. Herriman
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Eugène Fromentin (French, 1820-1876). The Reapers, 1851. Oil on cradled panel, 12 3/8 x 19 15/16 in. (31.4 x 50.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William H. Herriman, 21.124
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)