The Wheat Sifters by Gustave Courbet
Medium: Oil Painting
The Wheat Sifters is an oil painting produced in 1854 by French painter Gustave Courbet.
The Wheat Sifters and The Young Ladies of the Village are two similar works that portrayed the same scene and theme
In this painting, there are two women, one on the left hand side while the other placed at center. The two women modeled for this painting were considered to be Courbets own sisters. On the right hand side, there is a boy assumed to be Gustave Courbet’s son. The woman at the center is Zoe who is sifting the wheats, along with Zoe, who is also sifting and part of the process. Gustave Courbet portrayed the rural life and the hard work depicted by Zoe through holding and shaking the large sieve for sifting.
The work can be viewed at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes