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The Rest of the Haymakers, 1872, Jules Breton (1827 - 1906).
Jules Breton was a French realist painter who produced many romanticized paintings of rural peasant life.
Here we have a young field worker who is spinning flax during her rest period from making hay. She's working with a hand spindle, holding and twiddling it in her right hand as she drafts the flax with her left hand. Note how her distaff is inserted behind and through her apron bib and waistband to hold it in place.
I love the splashes of red at her turned up cuffs--hinting of something wild and free behind her somber, tired face.