" The Angelus"
by Jean-François Millet (1814-1875)
Was born on October 4, 1814, in France. He is known for his scenes of peasant farmers. His first painting, a portrait, was accepted at the Salon of 1840. “The Angellus” was commissioned by a wealthy American, Thomas G. Appleton, and completed during the summer of 1857, Millet added a steeple and changed the initial title of the work, Prayer for the Potato Crop to The Angelus when the purchaser failed to take possession in 1859. Displayed to the public for the first time in 1865, the painting changed hands several times. “The Angelus” was reproduced frequently in the 19th and 20th centuries. The original painting is located in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
Millet was an important source of inspiration for Vincent van Gogh.
The condition of the print is excellent since it has been stored flat, never been framed.