Peasants and “Primitivism”
French Prints from Millet to Gauguin
This catalogue examines a significant aspect of 19th-century French culture-- the fascination with peasants, rustic ways, and the perceived social harmony of agrarian communities. The distinction between city and country assumed a new and powerful set of meanings after the Revolution of 1848. During succeeding decades the realities of rural life shifted, as did the artistic representation of them.