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                     Cap de la Hague, France                     

A Peninsula at the northern tip of the Cotentin, (the Cherbourg Peninsula), Cap de la Hague's landscape is wild and beautiful and has retained, for the most part, its villages and its traditional habitat. _________________________________________________________   ___

Jean-François Millet was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. He is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers. He can be categorized as part of the movement termed "naturalism", but also as part of the movement of "realism".

Born in the hamlet of Gruchy in Gréville Hague in 1814, Jean-François Millet studied painting in Cherbourg, then in Paris at Delaroche's studio before settling permanently in Barbizon, Seine-et-Marne.

He began his career by painting portraits, a large share of which are in the Thomas Henry Museum. He is above all known for his paintings of rural life: The Angelus, The Gleaners...

"To tell the truth, the peasant subjects suit my temperament best; for I must confess, even if you think me a socialist, that the human side of art is what touches me most." --

Jean-François Millet  

Haystacks: Autumn, ca. 1874
Jean-François Millet

This picture is from a series depicting the four seasons commissioned in 1868 by the industrialist Frederick Hartmann. Millet completed Spring in 1873 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris); by the spring of 1874, he reported that Summer: Buckwheat Harvest (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and Haystacks: Autumn were almost finished. Winter: The Woodgatherers (National Museum of Wales, Cardiff) was incomplete at the time of his death.

Mother and Two Infants

     The Angelus   

Gruchy as well as inside the artist's birthplace, time has stood still since Millet painted The milkmaid, The old well opposite his house, the surrounding lanes and the remarkable Cliffs of Castel Vendon. One will notice the incredible collection of reproductions of Millet's most famous painting.     

 

 Horses on the cliffs of Castel Vendon.  Interesting photo, I think...

Le phare de la Hague, Goury, Auderville.

The lighthouse was built in 1837 (Morice de la Rue). Active; focal plane 48 m (157 ft); white flash every 5 s. 51 m (167 ft) round granite tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a 1-story cylindrical granite base. 

 The lighthouse can be seen in the foreground.  

           

Le Nez de Jobourg est un promontoire rocheux de gneiss, situé à l'extrême pointe sud de Cap de la Hague, sur la commune de Jobourg. Il s'agit de la zone géologique la plus ancienne du Cotentin, datant du précambrien (2 milliards d'années).

Le nez est admiré pour son panorama, pour les Hautes Falaises culminant à 128 mètres (les plus hautes d'Europe), les grottes et la faune qu'on y trouve en arpentant le chemin des douaniers. Il permet de voir depuis la pointe de Goury et son phare, jusqu'au cap de Flamanville, et au large les îles anglo-normandes.                   

                            

Port of Cherbourg

Remember the musical: "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg"?

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a musical film made in 1964. It was directed by Jacques Demy, and stars Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. The music was written by Michel Legrand. The film dialogue is all sung as recitative, even the most casual conversation.

French nuclear sub in Cherbourg harbour. Open to visitors. There was a also a Greenpeace ship docked at the end of the harbour. (next photo)

Greenpeace...

Statue of the Little... Napoleon in Cherbourg harbour.         

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