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The Tired Gleaner, 1880. Creator: Jules Breton (French, 1827-1906)

The Tired Gleaner, 1880. Creator: Jules Breton (French, 1827-1906)


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The Tired Gleaner, 1880. Creator: Jules Breton (French, 1827-1906)

The Tired Gleaner, 1880. Gleaning--or picking up what little grain remains after a wheat field has been harvested--was usually the job of the poor, especially women and children. Breton shows a single gleaner stretching against a backdrop of the setting sun, while behind her others still labor in the field. Her bare feet and worn, simple clothing immediately identify her as a peasant. At the same time, however, her expansive gesture and the subdued tones of her skin and clothes link her to the surrounding landscape, both visually and symbolically. This painting not only suggests the hardships of peasant life, but also the grand link between humanity and the land. Like many of his successful contemporaries, Breton met demand for his paintings by copying and making variations of his own works. This picture is similar to a larger, more famous painting that was exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1880. The Cleveland collector Hinman H. Hurlbut, who bought this canvas from the artist, probably commissioned Breton to make this smaller variation of the larger painting

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Jules Breton Oil On Fabric 1827 1906


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The Tired Gleaner, 1880

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by Jules Breton captures the essence of peasant life in 19th century France. In this poignant print, we see a single gleaner standing amidst a wheat field at sunset. Her tired figure and worn clothing immediately reveal her as one of the poor, who relied on gleaning to survive. The artist's attention to detail is remarkable - from the woman's bare feet to the subdued tones of her skin and clothes, she becomes an integral part of the landscape. This connection between humanity and nature is beautifully portrayed through her expansive gesture against the backdrop of a setting sun. Breton was known for his ability to meet demand by creating variations of his own works. This particular painting is reminiscent of a larger piece that gained fame when exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1880. The smaller variation was commissioned by Hinman H. Hurlbut, a collector from Cleveland who purchased it directly from Breton himself. "The Tired Gleaner" not only serves as a reminder of the hardships faced by peasants but also highlights their profound relationship with the land they worked on tirelessly. Through this print, Heritage Art/Heritage Images allows us to appreciate both Breton's artistic skill and his ability to capture significant moments in history with great sensitivity and depth.

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