The Gleaners was created in 1857 by the French painter Jean Francois Millet, depicting people picking up surplus grain in the countryside after the autumn harvest. It was a typical representative of realistic art style.
The main body of the painting was just three peasant women with the background of the busy working people and piled up rick. The three women made a sharp contrast with the distant people. They were dressed in coarse clothes and heavy wooden shoes, with a healthy body. They were not beautiful, let alone graceful. They just humbly bowed down to look for the scattered and the surplus grain in the field. However, this simple painting brought a solemn and unusual sense to the audience. Millet generally used horizontal composition to make the general characters show in the foreground of the wilderness.
The three main characters were respectively wearing red, blue, yellow hat, and their clothes were also taken this as the main tone, firmly attracting the attention of the audience. Their actions were full of coherence, calm and orderly. The light arranged in the left side of the painting made them become more and more strong and patient.
The skills of the whole painting are extremely simple. All the subjects are really harmonious and the gentle hue is full of various colors, which shows a tempting country view in front of the audience. Although the content of the painting is simple and obvious, it has profound implied meaning instead of being mediocre and shallow, just like the other paintings of Millet.
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