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Jean-François Millet
Starry Night
ca. 1850-1865
Oil on canvas

25 3/4 x 32 inches
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

Yale University Art Gallery

Excerpt from Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT:

Jean-François Millet
Starry Night, ca. 1850-1865

Jean-François Millet may have painted this work shortly after he moved to Barbizon, an artists’ colony south of Paris, in 1849. Retouched by the artist some fifteen years later, Starry Night is one of Millet’s most dramatic experiments in nocturnal landscape. The composition and evocative light effects bring to mind Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting of the same title (Museum of Modern Art, New York) [Vincent Van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889, MOMA]. Van Gogh may have been influenced by this painting, which he could have seen in Paris between 1873 and 1875 his admiration of Millet’s work is well known.



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Jean-François Millet, French, (1814-1875)
b. October 4, 1814, Gruchy, Normandy
d. 1875

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