Haystacks: Autumn

by Jean-Francois Millet (1873)

This picture is from a series depicting the four seasons commissioned in 1868 by the industrialist Frédéric Hartmann. Millet worked on the paintings intermittently for the next seven years. In Autumn, with the harvest finished, the gleaners have departed and the sheep are left to graze. Beyond the haystacks lie the plain of Chailly and the rooftops of Barbizon.

Malachi 3:18-21

18 Then you will again distinguish
between the just and the wicked,
Between the person who serves God,
and the one who does not.
19 For the day is coming, blazing like an oven,
when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble,
And the day that is coming will set them on fire,
leaving them neither root nor branch,
says the Lord of hosts.
20 But for you who fear my name, the sun of justice
will arise with healing in its wings;
And you will go out leaping like calves from the stall
21     and tread down the wicked;
They will become dust under the soles of your feet,
on the day when I take action, says the Lord of hosts.

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