Thus a great source of inspiration towards his many peasants paintings. He is widely known as one of realism art movement initiators in France. His family was very supportive of his painting artworks. At an early age, Millet's father had an interest in the beauty of nature. He used to trigger his son by showing him the beautiful blades of grasses. Besides, his grandmother motivated him on reading and spiritual affairs. He later attended a local school in Gruchy village. He learned many histories of his country. Besides, he also met two village priest who guided him on Latin knowledge, one of them being Jean Lebrisseux. Also, he got a chance of reading Virgil and Saint Augustine arts amongst many France authors. After school, he used to help his parents in the farm works being the firstborn of his family.
During his study in the local school, he developed an interest in drawing. Thus, his family sent him to Cherbourg in 1833. He was studying more on portrait painting with artist Bon Du Mouchel. But 1835 his father died, thus interaction to his learning with the Dumouchel. He came back home and started running the farming business. But, his grandmother continued to encourage him to believe in God, and she pushed him back to his studies. In 1837 he went to study in Paris with Paul Delaroche who much inspired him, and he made up with his first painting. It faced rejection at the salon, and following termination of his contract. Later in 1840, he created another art, and he comes back to Cherbourg. While at home, he began his portrait painting carrier. On the following year, he married his spouse Pauline Virginie Ono, and they moved to Paris.
In 1841 he made the Madame J.F Millet (Pauline Virginie Ono) using oil on Canvas. It had a length of 41.9 x 32.4cm. Millet painted her wife on canvas for her love. He painted precisely how his wife looked with earth brown irises; hair clipped her slightest smile. Besides, it had a look of expectation with dark oils and eyes. Unfortunately, in 1844 his wife Pauline died of tuberculosis. He comes back to Cherbourg and later married Catherine Lemaire. He kept this painting, and he would kiss it in remembrance of his wife until his death on January 20, 1875, in Barbizon.