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Jean-François Millet. 1814-1875.

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La Baratteuse (Woman Churning). 1855. Etching.Delteil, Melot 10.ii/iii. 6 3/4 x 4 3/8 (sheet 7 x 4 5/8). Illustrated: Salaman, The Great Painter Etchers from Rembrandt to Whistler. Printed on white wove paper trimmed to the platemark. Impressions of states one and two are rare. Early impressions were often printed by Millet. Unsigned. $3,500.

In state one, much of the foul biting in the woman's skirt and on the barrel has been become worn in later states. In state two, additional oblique lines on the feather duster and horizontal lines on the ground to the right have been added. This proof appears to be a very early impression of state two, as the barrels on left have not been strengthened. In state three, additional lines in the image have been strengthened, and the name and address of the printer, Auguste Delâtre, have been added in the lower right.

Please click on the link for first state impressions: La Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Yale University Art Gallery.

Please click on the link for a second state impression on : Jan Johnson Old Master and Modern Prints.

Please click on the links for third state impressions: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The cat rubbing against the woman's dress adds a charming touch of domesticity.

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