Maternal Care (Le Précaution maternelle)
While most clichés-verre produced by the Barbizon artists focused on lyrical landscapes (often with small figures, animals, or architectural elements), Millet used the technique to capture a touching genre scene of a peasant mother with her two children. One of only two clichés-verre by Millet, this print reproduced the composition of an 1855–57 painting, which was likely based on his firsthand observations of daily life.
Maternal Care (Le Précaution maternelle), Plate 37 fromthe Sagot-Le Garrec portfolio Forty Clichés-verre (Quarante Clichés-Glace)
1862 (published 1921)
Cliché-verre Image: 11 ¼ x 8 7/8 in. (28.6 x 22.5 cm); sheet: 11 13/16 x 9 ½ in. (30.0 x 24.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope, 65.12