Jean Francois Millet (1814-1875) showed early talent and was sent to study in Cherbourg, and later, after winning a grant, to Paris. For several years he painted portraits, decorative panels, and pastoral subjects. He became a member of the French Academy in 1847. In 1849 Millet moved to Barbizon, where he remained for 22 years, painting the rural scenes for which he is most famous. Millet was a significant influence on van Gogh. Prints of paintings by this famous French artist are nearly always in stock here at NZ Fine Prints, favourites such as “The Angelus” and “The Gleaners” have been purchased for NZ homes and offices since we started back in the 1960s.