Man With A Hoe (1860 - 1862) is by the French painter Jean-François Millet. The man in the picture was considered brutish and frightening by Parisian bourgeoisie. The Industrial Revolution had caused a steady exodus from French farms, and Man with a Hoe was interpreted as a socialist protest about the peasant’s plight. Though his paintings were judged in political terms, Millet declared that he was neither a socialist nor an agitator.
Millet considered this painting to be his masterpiece. This painting marked many milestones for the artist. He worked on this painting longer than any other painting. He also conceived the painting to rival the great works of Michelangelo and Poussin. This painting marked his departure of simple portrayals of peasant life to paintings that were more socially oriented. It was also the only painting that the artist dated. And last but not least, this was the only painting for which Millet ever won an award, in this case being the second place medal at the 1853 Paris Salon.
Otto Dix ,detail from his War Triptych
center panel; Trench Warfare, ca.1926 -1932
Otto Dix, Streichholzhändler I (Le marchand d’allumettes I), 1920.
Otto Dix, Billiardspieler (Billiard Player), 1914
Otto Dix, photograph of Kriegskrüppel (mit Selbstbildnis) [The War Cripples (wth Self Portrait)], 1920
Formerly located at the Dresden Stadtmuseum, confiscated in 1937, whereabout unknown; presumably destroyed in Berlin in 1942