JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET – Le Semeur (The Sower), 1873
Sheet size: 345x250 mm
Image size: 120x95 mm
Edition: 280 – Signed in plate
Original etching by Paul-Edmé Le Rat (1849-1892) after the painting by Jean-François Millet, with the names of Le Rat and Millet in drypoint and the title in type below. Printed on Japan paper. As published in The Barbizon School by David Croal Thomson, which was published in an edition of 280 copies by Chapman and Hall in 1890. The etchings for this work were printed quite separately from the letterpress, but the name of the printer is not given. This etching was originally commissioned by Durand-Ruel for his Receuil d'Estampes in 1873. In September 1889, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo requesting a copy of this etching, which he then squared up and transferred to canvas, making two paintings after it; Vincent's squared-up proof of Le Rat's etching is in the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. As well as this 1890 impression from The Barbizon School, we also have a copy of this beautiful and historically-important etching from the original printing for the Receuil d'Estampes. Condition: Excellent