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Set on the windswept peninsula of La Hague which juts out into the English Channel, west of Cherbourg, this scene may recall a violent October storm which wrought havoc at Millet's native Gruchy when he was a boy. Although painted in 1871–1873, this work reveals the enduring impact of Romanticism. The British painter Sickert was profoundly moved by it, observing: 'I doubt if any modern but Millet would ever have thought of selecting the moment when a tree has been torn up by the roots, and is in the act of falling.
oil on canvas
H 90.5 x W 117.5 cm
NMW A 2475
bequeathed by Margaret Davies, 1963