Jean-Francois Millet was a French painter who painted in a naturalistic and realistic style. He often painted the local peasant farmers. This picture shows three women gleaning which is gathering up the remains after the harvest has been completed. This was one way the poor people found food for their families. There are many wonderful details to study in this picture. Study the picture with your children until you feel satisfied that you are familiar with the whole picture. Now put the picture out of sight and take turns describing the scene from memory. When no one can think of any more details look again at the picture.