Millet’s mission in fine art according to Romain Rolland

Note 12. To the Subsection “Requisites for the Subject in Appreciation

Romain Rolland said that Millet had in mind the following: “The mission of fine art is one of love, rather than hatred. Also, even when fine art describes the pain of the poor, it should not aim at stimulating jealousy toward the rich class.” Millet (Japanese version) (Tokyo: Iwanami-Bunko, 1959), 9.
“It was the ultimate objective of Millet’s creed and art to express the poetry and beauty of human life in the pain of labor as much as possible” (Ibid., 11-12).