Jean-François Millet

The Pig Killers

1867-1870
NEW - From medieval times, the slaughter of the fatted pig was associated with November or December. Under a grey sky, the scene is rendered in sombre tones in keeping with the subject. Millet has chosen to illustrate the dramatic moment when the animal resists being pushed, pulled, or coaxed across the courtyard to the slaughtering block.
Title
The Pig Killers
Date
1867-1870
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
73 x 92.7 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1978
Accession number
18963

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