A. Pintura: Art Detective

Grandpa's List
Van Gogh

Chapter Six: Millet

"Just look at the subject," I said. "Both paintings show hardworking rural folk firmly outlined against a flat land and sky. Millet helped develop a style called Realism. Realists thought traditional religious and mythological subjects were a bad idea. They said artists should only use subjects that they can see. They shouldn't paint things found only in the Bible or stuffy history books."

Mystery artist's subjects

Millet's subjects

Miss Featherduster nodded. "I can see that."

I leaned back in my chair. "Do you want to hear more? I could tell you how the colors, composition, and style also tell me that your painting is a Millet. Or have I convinced you?"

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