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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.

Jean-François Millet
French, 1814–1875
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