Shepherd Tending His Flock
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
Painted at the time of Francisco Oller’s first stay in Paris, Shepherd Tending His Flock exemplifies Jean-François Millet’s dignified representations of French rural subjects. Despite their idyllic appearance today, such subjects, displayed publicly at the annual Salons of the time, carried a critique of the urban middle class’s exploitation of people and resources through industrialization.
Although no friendship between Oller and Millet is documented, Oller certainly shared the Realist painter’s sympathies for depictions of peasants engaged in backbreaking manual labor. He would later portray Caribbean country people in the equally charged sociopolitical background of Spanish colonial Puerto Rico.
Pintado durante la primera estadía de Francisco Oller en París, Pastor atendiendo su rebaño ejemplifica las representaciones solemnes de Jean- François Millet de sujetos rurales franceses. A pesar de su actual apariencia idílica, tales sujetos, exhibidos públicamente en los Salones anuales de la época, acarrearon una crítica a la clase media urbana de su explotación de gente y recursos a través de la industrialización.
Aunque no se ha documentado ninguna amistad entre Oller y Millet, Oller ciertamente compartió las simpatías del pintor realista de representaciones de campesinos involucrados en labores manuales arduas. Posteriormente, él representaría a la gente caribeña del campo bajo el trasfondo sociopolítico igualmente cargado del Puerto Rico colonial español.
Oil on canvas
32 3/16 x 39 9/16 in. (81.8 x 100.5 cm)
frame: 41 5/8 x 49 3/16 x 3 1/2 in. (105.7 x 124.9 x 8.9 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "J. F. Millet"
Bequest of William H. Herriman
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Jean-François Millet (French, 1814-1875). Shepherd Tending His Flock, early 1860s. Oil on canvas, 32 3/16 x 39 9/16 in. (81.8 x 100.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William H. Herriman, 21.31 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 21.31_SL1.jpg)
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