The “Common Painting” is an oil painting showcasing the lives of the common folk.

The real Common Painting

The “Common Painting” is always genuine.

After you get a hold of the Common Painting, take it to Blathers. He will be happy to hang it in your museum for you, and provide the following description on a plaque below it:

The Gleaners, Jean-François Millet, 1857,

Oil on canvas

The signature piece from Millet, who was known for depicting the lives of commoners in the 19th century. Notice the abundant crops visible in the background relative to the meager wheat remaining for workers. This art served as social commentary in a time of great inequality.

Now that you’ve seen the version as it appears in game, let’s take a look at the real version. Maybe it’s not really such a common painting after all?

The Gleaners, Jean-François Millet, 1857,
Jean-François Millet, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

This piece is fantastic because it caused a SCANDAL. There were three primary reasons for the scandal.

First, the timing of it. Painted in 1857, it was right on the heels of the French Revolution of 1848.

Second, the topic of the painting. It featured three women working among sparse crops with abundant crop in the background.

Third, the size of it. The painting measured 33 inches by 44 inches. Very large for a painting like this. Paintings this size would typically be reserved for something more biblical in nature.

Once all of these things came together, it was a bit of a slap in the face to those in the high societies.

This kind of reminded them that the working class folks outnumbered them. It made them uncomfortable, because it made them keep thinking about that revolution that happened just a few years ago. They really did not like the idea of glorifying the lower-classes.

Super scandalous! Art history is not boring my friends! It is FILLED with fun scandals.

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