The Beautiful Peasants

Millet’s Angelus gives us the gift of gratitude

Steven Gambardella
6 min readDec 8, 2018

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The Angelus by Jean-François Millet, 1857–59.

The light of a golden sunset gleams across the furrows of a field and gilds the sacks of a day’s work. A couple of peasant workers take a moment, in complete isolation, to say a prayer.

The Angelus (L’Angélus) by Jean-François Millet, is one of the most famous paintings in France. Reproductions hang on the walls of tens…

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