Friday, November 19, 2004
Jean-Francois Millet, The Sower, 1850.
Artist with a revolutionary and scandalous concept: ordinary people and their lives are worthy of serious attention. The subject has an unmistakable earthiness and energy symbolizing the dynamism of the peasant population of the period. Millet painted a number of famous canvases, many of which glorified the French peasant class; another of my favorites is The Angelus.
This is an image to contemplate as the group discusses mission and related topics; "A sower went out to sow... "