Millet’s peasant paintings come to Korea

Masterpieces of French painter Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875), who pioneered modernism, will be displayed in Seoul for the first time.

Hosted by Seoul Economic Daily, a sister paper of The Korea Times, “Millet, Barbizon, and Fontainebleau,” is a touring exhibit organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in celebration of the bicentennial of the artist’s birth. The exhibit toured the United States and Japan before arriving at its final destination, Seoul.

The exhibit — beginning on Jan. 25 at the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art in eastern Seoul — features a total of 64 works by Millet and other noted artists from the Barbizon School such as Theodore Rousseau, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Gustave Courbet.

Among 25 of Millet’s paintings on display, four of the artist’s most praised works are revealed for the first time in Korea — “The Sower,” “Harvesters Resting (Ruth and Boaz),” “Potato Planters” and “Young Shepherdess.”

In “The Sower,” Millet depicts

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