"As I have never seen anything but fields since I was born, I try to say as best I can what I saw and felt when I was at work."
Charles Meryon and Jean-Francois Millet : Etchings of Urban and Rural 19Th-Century France
(William U. Eiland, S. William Pelletier, Patricia Phagan (Editor)
In their images of mid-19th century France, Meryon and Millet looked to the pre-industrial sections of Paris and its environs for inspiration. The featured works by Meryon draw heavily from scenes of French city life of the period and offer architectural perspectives of Parisian landmarks, while Millet's prints are primarily rural in nature, inspired by his upbringing in the country. The publication includes a description of the etching process, reflections on Paris during the artists' lives, a catalogue of the exhibition, and analyses of several featured works.
Drawn into the Light: Jean Francois Millet
(Alexandra R. Murphy (Editor), Richard Rand, Brian T. Allen)
Few artists of the nineteenth century created works as subtly evocative, as socially poignant, and as artistically influential as Jean-Francois Millet did. This book examines Millet's technical and creative achievement, focusing on his rarely seen pastels, watercolors, and drawings, and considering them as independent works of art, as procedural steps toward paintings, and as important elements in his finished pictures.