Millet Under Investigation at The Burrell Collection
Works from the Glasgow Collection by the French Artist, Jean-François Millet, are being exhibited together for the first time this summer at The Burrell Collection. The exhibition is the first stage in preparing a comprehensive catalogue of Sir William Burrell’s collection of 19th century French Art.
The exhibition, which opens on Saturday, July 14, is called “Jean-François Millet – under investigation” and questions whether Millet was indeed responsible for some of the works. In the last decade of his life, Millet’s work sold for sizeable sums and, shortly after his death in 1875, fakes began to appear.
The most scandalous fakers were Millet’s own grandson Jean-Charles Millet and his accomplice Paul Cazot who were eventually jailed. There are 19 works in the exhibition ranging from pastels to print, but question marks remain about the authenticity of some of the works on display. Our investigations are continuing and we are consulting with experts from around the world for their opinions. The results of the research are due to be made public in October.
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, said: “We are fortunate that Glasgow’s collection of French art is one of the most important in Europe and we are continually examining the works to learn as much as we can about them. Sometimes these examinations raise doubts about the authenticity of the works but we are determined that where questions are raised, we do our utmost to answer them.
“There are so many unsolved mysteries in the art world and this fantastic exhibition will not only highlight some beautiful works, but allow the public a better understanding of the decades of detective work our curators and experts do to establish the truth.”