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Painting Title Classical Landscape
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Millet, Francisque (French painter and engraver, 1642-1679)
Previously attributed to Dughet, Gaspard (French landscape painter, 1615-1675, active in Italy)
Date Earliest possibly about 1660
Date Latest probably 1679
Description An Italianate landscape with a winding road leading to a castle, trees in the foreground and mountains in the background; in the foreground there are four figures, probably shepherds, one of them surrounded by sheep. Francisque Millet was born in 1642 in Antwerp and died in 1679 in Paris. He is also known as Jean-François Millet I (his son, also named Jean François Millet (1666–1723) and called Francisque, was a painter as well). Millet I specialised in Italianate landscapes with figures in the manner of Gaspard Dughet.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 449
Subject landscape; figure
Measurements 56.1 x 81.5 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by W. J. Rawdon 1895.
Principal Exhibitions Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Institution, Summer Exhibition, York, 1896, no. 138 as by Gaspard Poussin.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, pp. 105-106; Wright, C., Masterpieces of Reality: French 17th Century Painting, Leicester, 1985, p. 124; Biard, B., Francisque Millet: le paysage au XVIIe siècle, Geneva, 2010, pp. 49-50, fig. 36 as by Francisque Millet; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 283 as French school.
Notes The painting was acquired as by Gaspard Poussin, but this attribution was questioned by scholars in the 1950s. Johannes Glauber was also considered, but the painting seems to be very close to works usually ascribed to Millet.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka
 

 

 

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