The artist's early works clearly show us the mood of that time. The famous canvas “The Sower” shows us a peasant who, with a simple movement, tries to throw seeds into the ground. This is a simple peasant, poor enough, exhausted by hard work. Walking wide, he tries to sow a new crop. The face of the peasant Millet was half hidden, tried to portray rude features, deliberately showing how hard constant physical stress is.
Despite the fact that the artist tried to place the figure of a peasant on almost the entire canvas, we can consider another peasant to his right, who controls two oxen harnessed to a harness. The figure of the second peasant looks almost monolithic. Despite the accuracy of the transmission of each figure, each fold of their clothes, the whole picture is monolithic, perceived as a whole.
The choice of subjects Mille is not accidental, being at a young age, the son of poor peasants for a long time and he worked in the field, did housework, collected brushwood in the forest. Despite the hard work, the boy took the time to look at the world around him.
Since 1849, Millet begins his cycle of village paintings, paintings that are dedicated to rural work. In 1850 he wrote The Sower, in which he raised the peasant to the symbol of rural life. In his canvases, the artist needs only a couple of gestures to show how hard the poor peasant, who is forced to struggle with nature on a daily basis, is alone.
Pictures of Victor Vasnetsov