The Gleaners

The Gleaners, 1857, Millet, Orsay Museum, Paris
The Gleaners, 1857, Millet, Orsay Museum, Paris

The Gleaners (Des glaneuses) is an oil painting by Jean-François Millet completed in 1857. It depicts three peasant women gleaning a field of stray grains of wheat after the harvest. The painting is famous for featuring in a sympathetic way what were then the lowest ranks of rural society; this was received poorly by the French upper classes.

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