The Wheat Sifters

The Wheat Sifters is an oil painting produced in 1854 by French painter Gustave Courbet.

The Wheat Sifters and The Young Ladies of the Village are two similar works that portrayed the same scene and theme

In this painting, there are two women, one on the left hand side while the other placed at center. The two women modeled for this painting were considered to be Courbet’s own sisters. On the right hand side, there is a boy assumed to be Gustave Courbet’s son. The woman at the center is Zoe who is sifting the wheat’s, along with Zoe, who is also sifting and part of the process. Gustave Courbet portrayed the rural life and the hard work depicted by Zoe through holding and shaking the large sieve for sifting.

The work can be viewed at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes

 

Artist: Gustave Courbet
Location: Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes
Medium: Oil on Canvas
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Description

The Wheat Sifters is an oil painting produced in 1854 by French painter Gustave Courbet.

This painting was first accepted by the Paris Salon in 1855 for exhibition then it was accepted by the Society of Friends of the Art of Nantes in 1861. It was there ninth exhibition. Later, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes bought the painting and is currently at view in Nantes.

This painting attracts viewers’ attention towards the boy who was curious and looking at the bare chambers. The wide shoulders with ruddy cloths, a slender waist depicts as the Caravaggio’s kneeling saint. The dimensions of the painting The Wheat Sifters were 131 cm × 167 cm or 52 in × 66 in.

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