Jean-François Millet (1814 - 1875) was a French Realistic painter; one of the founders of the Barbizon School. He was an important source of inspiration for Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and George-Pierre Seurat.
In 1867 the Exposition Universelle hosted a major showing of his work, with the Gleaners, Angelus, and Potato Planters among the paintings exhibited. The following year Frederic Hartmann commissioned Four Seasons for 25,000 francs, and Millet was named Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. In 1870 Millet was elected to the Salon jury. His last years were marked by financial success and increased official recognition.