John Berger on Millet

Paysage d'hiver avec des corneilles (Winter Landscape with Crows), Jean Francoise Millet

From the book ‘About Looking ‘ by John Berger (which I recommend-especially the piece on animals, humans and zoos). I was reading this book  last year and wrote down his short commentary on this landscape by Jean Francoise Millet. It resonated strongly with me concerning  my project in the fields titled ‘Fertile Geometry ‘

‘…….. a painting of the starkest simplicity.Scarcely a Landscape but a portrait in November of a plain.The horizontality of that plain claims everything. To cultivate its soil is a continual struggle to encourage the vertical. This struggle, the painting declares, is back breaking.’


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