Léon Augustin LHERMITTE
(Mont-Saint-Père, 1844 – Paris, 1925)
Signed lower left
25 x 33 cm
Leon LHERMITTE was a teacher's son. His father, noting his abilities, sent him to train at the Special School of Drawing and Mathematics under the leadership of Horace LECOQ BOISBAUDRAN which he will remain a student until 1889 and then entered the School of Fine Arts. Arts of Paris.
LHERMITTE exhibited for nearly fifty years at the Paris Salon between 1864 and 1911 paintings, drawings, charcoal and pastels. He was awarded a third class medal in 1874 and a 2nd class medal in 1880. He was also awarded the Grand Prix at the 1889 World's Fair. He participated as jury at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris. .
Starting in 1905, LHERMITTE was elected a full member of the Academy of Fine Arts (Painting section) to the chair of Jean-Jacques HENNER, He was also a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (founder and vice-president) and the Society of Pastellists.
LHERMITTE was made Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1884, Officer in 1894 and Commander in 1910. He was also Commander of the Order of Leopold (Belgium)
In the line of Jean-François MILLET and Jules BRETON, He will excel in naturalistic painting with Jules BASTIEN-LEPAGE and Pascal DAGNAN-BOUVERET. His works are witnesses of the social worker and peasant life of the late nineteenth century where the artist represents small people during their work in the fields or urban. His achievements are characterized by a documentary aspect or even ethnographic.
The subject that matters to us, the washerwomen, is a theme occasionally dealt with by LHERMITTE throughout his career. Indeed, the booklets of Salons attest to his research on washerwomen with a pastel in 1886 and two paintings in 1899 and 1902.
Museums : Paris (Louvre, Orsay, Petit Palais), Québec, Tokyo, Carcassonne, Quimper, Saintes, Philadelphie, Amsterdam, Boston, Mexico, Cincinnati, Moscou (Mus. Pouchkine), Londres (Victoria & Albert Mus.)…