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Farm Work In The 1800s

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Imagine the agonizing task of cutting innumerable acres of tall, strong grass with only a single, giant knife. Envision the back-breaking pain of bending over in the scorching sun for hours and hours to accomplish what is now a simple task. In the past, farm work was extensively different and much more intense than it is today. In the early 1800s, a farmer had to use a scythe to cut the fields. It was terribly tiresome work and took very lengthy amounts of time. People often forget how easy and simple these tasks are today. Jules Bastien-Lepage’s naturalistic paintings acknowledge the underappreciated work of life in the country.
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