Fin du travail (The End of the Working Day) by, Jules Brenton
1886-1887: oil on canvas. France
I found this painting to be inspiring. It shows french women working vigorously, with a beautiful backlit sunset. this was extremely common in the 1850s for french women to working through the day in the potato field. This painting was to portray the ideal/heroic work during the democratic revolution. the painter himself said that "art was to do the honor formerly reserved exclusively for the gods."