Le Départ pour le Travail (Going to Work). 1863. Etching. Delteil, Melot 10.vi/vii. 15 1/8 x 11 3/4 (sheet 17 3/4 x 13 1/2). Melot describes vi as "Second state, with few added lines prolonging the clouds" (page 290). A rich impression, printed in shades of black/brown ink on cream wove paper. Signed in the plate, lower left. Housed in an elegant gold leaf frame. $7,000.
In Le Départ pour le Travail, Millet chose to portrays a dignified, hard working couple going to work in the fields. Depicting his human figures with a classically sculptural simplicity, Millet shows the pair in harmony with their rural life.
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