Image from page 58 of "Jean François Millet; a collection of fifteen pictures and a portrait of the painter, with introduction and interpretation" (1900)
Subjects: Millet, Jean François, 1814-1875
Publisher: Boston, New York : Houghton, Mifflin and co.
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
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separating thedooryard from the garden. Some one who hasseen these vine-fringed walls in Barbizon describesthem as gay with purple orris, stonecrop, andpellitory. A young wife presides in the little cottage homeand rules her side of the dooryard with gentle sway.She has a curly-haired baby boy who creeps afterher as she goes about her work. His inquiringmind is at this age investigating all the corners ofthe house, and before long he will be the youngmaster of the dooryard. The housewife boasts a small brood of hens.Early in the morning the voice of the chanticleer isheard greeting the dawn. Presently he leads hisfamily forth to begin their days scratching in thedooryard. Here and there they wander with con-tented clucks, as they find now and then a wormor grub for a titbit. But it is only a poor livingwhich is to be earned by scratching. The thriftyhousewife sees to it that her brood are well fed.At regular times she comes out of the house to feedthem with grain, as she is doing now.
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carbon print by Hraun, Clement & Co. THE WOMAN FEEDING HENS THE WOMAN FEEDING HENS 35 The baby hears the mothers voice saying, in whatis the French equivalent, Here chick-chick-chick/and creeps swiftly to the door. He, too, tries tocall chick-chick. He watches the odd creatureseagerly as they gobble up the seed. They standabout in a circle, heads all together in the centre,bobbing up and down as long as any food remains.Chanticleer holds back with true gallantry, and withan air of masculine superiority. The belated mem-bers of the brood come running up as fast as theycan. The apron holds a generous supply, so thatthere is enough for all, but the housewife doles itout prudently by the handful, that none may sufferthrough the greediness of the others. As we study the lines of the picture a little, theyteach us some important lessons in composition.We note first the series of perpendicular lines atregular intervals across the width of the picture.These counterbalance the effect of th
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