"b. Greville, 1814. Pupil of Langlois at Cherbourg. His progress there was so remarkable that the municipality of Cherbourg gave him a small pension, that he might go to study in Paris. In 1835 he became a pupil of Delaroche. Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. d. 1875. In his whole lifetime Millet only executed about eighty oil paintings, many of which he retained in his studio for a long time, returning to them again and again, in order to satisfy himself. His paintings are now much sought after, and command princely prices. " Certainly the French school has never produced another artist with such thorough devotion to nature, or one who has so truthfully rendered scenes and emotions of natural life. The secret of his success was his power to reach into the hearts of men. He painted what he had known and loved. H. Wallis, London Times. " He understands the inward poesy of the fields, he loves the peasants whom he represents, and in their resigned figures expresses his sympathy for them. The seed-sowing, the harvest, the grafting, are they not virtuous actions having their worth and grandeur. - Theophile Gautier." [P. 20.]
Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company, 1883.