Painter, draftsman, pastelist and engraver, Jean-François Millet is the most famous of    Barbizon School painters, and without a doubt the best known French painter worldwide.  His scenes of rural life (The Angelus, the Gleaners, Man with a hoe, the Sower) have become  icons pf he artistic world heritage. All of them were painted in his studio in Barbizon.  Millet Museum, whose façade and the two oldest rooms are protected under  the “domaine protégé”, protected under French laws as an Historical Edifice, is a  private muesem open to the public since 1923. Far from his native Normandy,  Millet lived here with his wife and family during the last 26 years of his life (1849-  1875). He died in the small upstairs bedroom.  Visitors are captivated by the authenticity of the museum. The house and studio  remain as his widow and heirs left them.  In the studio, paintings from the Barbizon School are exhibited, recreating the  atmosphere of the period. In one very moving room, photos, self-portraits, a palette and a mass handbook  remind us that beneath the artist’s beard was a man of extreme sensitivity. His  engravings, clichés-verre, drawings, sketches illustrate the ability of the artist in  capturing the instant, giving it an almost mythical presence.  The museum galley (Galerie l’Angélus) sells original works from the 19th century  (Barbizon school and impressionnist artists). Millet is father . . . counsellor and mentor in everything for young artists  Vincent VAN GOGH