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Landscape with Mountains and a plume of smoke
Jean Francois Millet--France, born Flanders, 1642-1679
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1660
Publication Information
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
Contributing Institution
UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Art Collection Highlights - Images and Ideas: The Collection in Focus at the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California
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In seventeenth-century France, a moral struggle was thought to exist between logic and emotion. This struggle was often depicted in landscapes where figures from classical mythology inhabit an idyllic, timeless setting.
Contemporary viewers understood landscapes such as Millet's to refer to heroic moral virtues. This type of carefully wrought landscape would then suggest the rational posture the viewer must adopt in the face of chaotic human passions.
Oil on copper panel

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