- The Gleaners – Jean-Francois Millet

 - The Gleaners - Jean-Francois Millet
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A counted cross stitch pattern of three peasant women stooping to gather grain dropped by the wheat harvesters, seen in the background with a cart holding the last load. The gleaners have their aprons knotted up to make sacks to hold the wheat they collect. Though this was a traditional part of the agricultural cycle, and today seems a charming reminder of bygone customs, this painting offended many when it was first shown by its commentary on grinding rural poverty. It is often paired w…

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