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Gust of Wind

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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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... the whole terrifying object is painted at the brief moment when it is silhouetted, free, against the sky... in a dip behind the rising ground, a shepherd, hurled by the hurricane, rather than running, is trying to save his flock.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 90.5 x W 117.5 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2475

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Margaret Davies, 1963

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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

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