Joining his friend Theodore Rousseau in 1849, Jean-François Millet (1814 - 1875) took up residence at Barbizon, a village in the Fontainebleau forest to the south of Paris, and never left.
Living there in near poverty, he developed the simple everyday scenes of the countryside in forceful compositions. His graphic work, while not extensive, is one of the most evocative of the 19th century.
Delteil 17, Melot 17
etching, 1861, the 3rd
state (of 5), a very fine proof impression before letters