Leon L'hermitte

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Leon  L'hermitte Leon Lhermitte- Le Labourage- Matthews Gallery
Le Labourage, 1886
Charcoal on Paper
22.5 x 18.5 in

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Leon  L'hermitte

Leon L'hermitte

Leon L'hermitte Description

Léon Augustin L'hermitte (1844-1925) was born in Mont-Saint-Père, and was primarily known for his portrayal of French rural scenes. He studied under Lecoq de Boisbaudran and gained prominence following the Paris Salon of 1864. Among his awards for artistic achievement are the French Legion of Honour (1884) and the Grand Prize at the Exposition Universelle in 1889.

No less an admirer than Vincent Van Gogh wrote about Lhermitte in a letter (circa 1885):

“My dear Theo,Thanks for your letter and 150 francs enclosed. I also received the two new Lhermittes today. He’s a master of the figure. He’s able to do what he likes with it— conceiving the whole neither from the colour nor from the local tone, but rather proceeding from the light — as Rembrandt did — there’s something astonishingly masterly in everything he does — in modeling, above all things, he utterly satisfies the demands of honesty. .... But this evening I’m much too occupied with Lhermitte’s drawings to go on writing any more about other things. When I think about Millet or about Lhermitte — then — I find modern art as great — as Michelangelo and Rembrandt— the old infinite, the new infinite too — the old genius, the new genius.”

L'hermitte’s works are included in the permanent collections of museums throughout the world including, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, the Hermitage, St. Petersburg and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Check out L'hermitte's charcoal sketch "Le Labourage" in our collection.

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