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The Shepards Keeper Throughout time there has been at least one constant that I am aware of That constant is art One particular piece of art stands out and catches the eye That piece of art is The Shepherdess and Her Flock constructed and perfected by Jean Francois Millet When one makes a certain judgment on a piece of art one must be precise and certain about that judgment When observing Millets piece I will take in to consideration three things to make my judgment use of color theme and meaning The Shepherdess and Her Flock catches the eye very quickly The painting consists of a shepherdess tending to her sheep in some remote hills perhaps and most likely in Western Europe The shepherdess herself is standing just a few paces ahead of her flock while they are all grouped together tightly apparently feeding She is holding a staff while studying the ground The look on her face makes her seem like she is disturbed for some unknown reason The shepherdess is wearing many articles of clothing Her first layer is blue and reaches down to her ankles The next layer appears to be some kind of shawl The shawl is cream colored and only reaches just past her waist The final piece of clothing is red and only covers her head The grass beneath the shepherdess which covers the entire land has bald spots and contains dandy lions giving it great character This is the grass on which the flock is feeding on Watching over the sheep is a shepherd dog stand just to the right of the flock The dog stands very proudly and has a great pride in his job The sky in this work is covered entirely with clouds The only bare spot in the sky is at the very top of the painting where the clouds begin to split Millets work appears to be set early in the
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