- Apr 11, 2001
http://www.jssgallery.org/Other_Artists/Millet_Francis_D/Francis_D_Millet.htm will take you to some of his most famous works. Frank, being so very well-travelled, was an expert on ethnic costume and was a detail person in executing costume on canvas. I particularly am enchanted with his sense of human nature in portraying people going about everyday experiences. The Love Letter, The Cosey Corner, Between Two Fires (at the Tate), Wandering Thoughts, etc. utterly get it right as to facial expression, body posture, gentle nuance. As you might guess, I find him a genius, and the brush work at close hand is so fine and subtle, the colors so refined and naturalistic; this is the hand of a master. He was consulted by heads of state around the world, on many matters artistic, from placement of statues, to decoration of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. He was also a brilliant diarist and humorist, with an hilarious whimsical capability. It is no wonder he was friend to Mark Twain, Saint Gaudens, John Singer Sargent, and everybody who was anybody of his age.