Millet was known as the quintessential peasant painter. He pioneered the dignified representation of harsh rural life and served as an example in this respect for many other artists. Painters of the Hague School were influenced by Millet’s radical compositions, as well as by his themes and atmosphere.
Previously, research has been done to how individual artists within the Hague School, such as Jozef Israëls and Anton Mauve, were influenced by Millet. Never before, however, was Millet's influence on the painters of the Hague School studied in its entirety.
Van Gogh Museum Articles
Curator Renske Suijver wrote this article on the occasion of the exhibition in The Mesdag Collection. This is the first article in a new series of online publications entitled Van Gogh Museum Articles.