A large golden field with groups of people, primarily women with some children, bent over picking wheat from the ground. The people are scattered at different distances from the viewer. Haystacks are visible in the background. The painting is surrounded by a white border with its name and painter at bottom centre.

The Gleaners Art Print

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In the 1850's, gleaning, the gathering of wheat left after harvesting, was strictly regulated: it had to be done by hand, by women and young children, in non-enclosed fields, and between dawn and dusk. Breton saw nobility in the toil of the gleaners, who work in the heat of the midday sun, yet the overall atmosphere is not one of hardship, but of quiet labour. Breton's native village of Courrières is depicted in the distance.


National Gallery of Ireland Art Prints are the perfect way to have your own masterpiece. Printed on high quality 240gsm Satin paper using Epson Ultrachrome Archival inks, each print have a stated light fastness and image permanence of up to, at least 75 years. In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the print should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its UV rays.

All prints have the title and artist's name printed at the bottom of each reproduction.

Dimensions: 50 x 70 cm

 

Original Painting Information

Jules Adolphe Aimé Louis Breton, French, 1827-1906

The Gleaners, 1854

Oil on canvas, 93 x 138 cm

Presented, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, 1950

NGI.4213

 


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