He went to Paris at the age of twenty, and, as a pupil of Corot, came into close touch with the Barbizon masters.
This last work, exhibited in 1848, obtained conspicuous success, but did not sell till Ledru Rollin, informed of the painter's dire distress, gave him Soo francs for it, and accompanied the purchase with a commission, the money for which enabled Millet to leave Paris for Barbizon, a village on the skirts of the forest of Fontainebleau.
The drawing of this subject is reproduced in Souvenirs de Barbizon, a pamphlet in which M.
His pictures, like those of the rest of the Barbizon school, have since greatly increased in value.
See the article BARBIZON; also A.
Millet (1874) Piedagnel, Souvenirs de Barbizon, &c. (1876); D.
C. Thomson, The Barbizon School (1891); Richard Muther, J.
BARBIZON, a French village, near the forest of Fontainebleau, which gave its name to the " Barbizon school " of painters, whose leaders were Corot, Rousseau, Millet and Daubigny, together with Diaz, Dupre, Jacque, Frangais, Harpignies and others.
They both died at Barbizon - Rousseau in 1867 and Millet in 1875.
The ideas of the " Barbizon school " only gradually obtained acceptance, but the chief members of it now rank among the greater artists of their time.
Croal Thomson, The Barbizon School (1891), with a full list of the French authorities to be consulted; Jules Breton, Nos peintres du siecle, Paris, igoo.