La paye des moissonneurs, par Léon-Augustin Lhermitte, peinture. 1882.
Each agricultural region had its favourite culture - during the 19th century, and it’s still true nowadays, Picardy mainly grew wheat. Its modernisation was went quickly; the farmers owned large exploitations, the farms were imposant, with generally a closed courtyeard, such as the one depicted in the painting.
The havesters are waiting to be paid. The young man challenges the farmer who employ him. The woman feeds her baby. The old man, skinny, looks in fron of him, his gaze blank from tireness. They are noble, in their own way, and the artists painted the characters with dignity, and all the details with care.