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Jean-François Millet. 1814-1875.

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La Baratteuse (Woman Churning). 1855. Etching. Delteil, Melot 10.i/iii. 6 3/4 x 4 3/8 (sheet 7 x 4 5/8). An extremely rare early printing, before the etched lines were stengthened and before Delâtre's address was added (in state iii),. Printed on white wove paper. The impression was probably printed by Millet. Unsigned. $4,500.

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Les Bêcheurs (The Diggers). 1855-56. Etching. Delteil, Melot 13.iii/iv. 9 1/4 x 14 (sheet 12 3/8 x 15 7/8). State with the name and address of the printer, "Paris Imp Aug Delâtre R St Jacque 171" lower right. Illustrated: Leipnik, A History of French Etching; Salaman, The Great Painter-Etchers from Rembrandt to Whistler. A fine impression with plate tone printed in black/brown ink on cream-colored laid paper with full full margins. Unsigned. $4,500.

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A Woman Sewing. 1855-56. Etching. Delteil, Melot 9.iii. 4 1/8 x 3 (sheet 8 1/4 x 6). A rich impression printed on papier vedâtre. An extremely scarce etching. Unsigned. $3,500.

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Millet was born into a family of peasant farmers near Cherbourg. He depicted numerous rural scenes based on his childhood memories. Criticized for allowing socialist concerns to infiltrate his art, Millet stated that it was "the human side" of life that he wished to portray, In 1849 he moved to Barbizon where he remained for the rest of his life, painting laborers going about their daily business.

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