The sale of his “winnower” had brought him five hundred francs, and these five hundred francs gave him courage to defy the world.
While the artisans fought on the barricades he was painting “The winnower.”
The medium takes the head-axe, and then the two women take hold of the winnower with their free hands.
The payment to the winnower is at the rate of fourpence per five bushels.
The spirit was followed, by Gīlen, who bade the lad take hold of one side of the winnower, while he held the other.
These she placed on a winnower, which in turn was set on a rice-mortar.
As soon as the chaff was removed she emptied the rice into her basket and covered it with the winnower.
This accomplished, the grain is freed from chaff by tossing it in a winnower.
The winnower is raised a few inches above the ground, and the woman asks the child its name, then drops it.
So Millet painted his first wonderful peasant picture "The winnower," and just as the family were starving he sold it--for $100.
Old English windwian, from wind "air in motion, paring down," see wind (n.1). Cognate with Old Norse vinza, Old High German winton "to fan, winnow," Gothic diswinþjan "to throw (grain) apart," Latin vannus "winnowing fan."
Corn was winnowed, (1.) By being thrown up by a shovel against the wind. As a rule this was done in the evening or during the night, when the west wind from the sea was blowing, which was a moderate breeze and fitted for the purpose. The north wind was too strong, and the east wind came in gusts. (2.) By the use of a fan or van, by which the chaff was blown away (Ruth 3:2; Isa. 30:24; Jer. 4:11, 12; Matt. 3:12).