Art History with Chickens: Millet and Manet

I would find it very satisfying to re-create famous works of art with chickens. Unfortunately, I am not very good at it.  Perhaps with some more practice. For example:


The Gleaners by Jean Francois Millet, 1857.

And, the Gleaners, my recreation:


Nope, not quite there yet.  Maybe with some practice?  Let’s try one more:


Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe

(translation: Luncheon on the Grass)

by Édouard Manet, 1862-1863.

And my version:


Ah well, another day.  I’ll have to keep my eye out and

practice my chicken charming skills in order to improve.  Just you wait.

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10 thoughts on “Art History with Chickens: Millet and Manet

  1. As a museum art handler and art historian, I appreciate this vastly! I’ve actually handled the Millet before, many years ago when it travelled. There’s nothing like holding an object like that in your gloved hands. It’s mind blowing. Especially when you have to deframe a painting. Georgia O’Keeffe would often write in pencil all over the back of her canvases. It’s the most intimate experience to hold it like your reading a book!

    I adore your adaptations here! Cute little hens…

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  2. Daphne, your chickens are striking. We were visiting this alpaca farm in NC that also had chickens. We loved the fact they called their rooster “Elvis.” The imagery of that name is boundless. BTG

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