Léon Augustin Lhermitte (French, 1844-1925) Une laveuse au bord de la riviere
Lot 64
Léon Augustin Lhermitte (French, 1844-1925) Une laveuse au bord de la rivière
Sold for £7,200 (US$ 11,185) inc. premium

Lot Details
Léon Augustin Lhermitte (French, 1844-1925)
Une laveuse au bord de la riviere
signed and dedicated 'a mon ami R.Verlet/L.Lhermitte' (lower left)
pastel
41 x 57cm (16 1/8 x 22 7/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, UK

    'He is the painter of the field worker and rustic landscapes, the theater of his work. In this genre, he shows a true vision of personages and of the things that surround them.'

    Le Livre d'Or des Peintres Exposants, 1914, p. 44

    Lhermitte returned to the theme of laveuses on many occasions in the latter part of his career. The scenes depicting the hunched figures dragging water-laden material from rivers and streams represents yet another facet of the toils of the poor. Like his views of harvesters, and in particular his famous La Paye des moissonneurs the subject matter of the laveuses belongs to the Naturalist movement. However, as the Musee D'Orsay states, 'Lhermitte did not use these images to make an overt political comment, he was content with a bold statement devoid of polemics'.

    The dedication to R. Verlet is a reference to Lhermitte's friend Charles Raoul Verlet (1857-1923). Verlet was a sculptor who exhibited at the Salon from 1880. He was awarded the Legion d'honneur in 1900 and his portrait bust of Lhermitte is in the permanent collection of The Louvre.

Saleroom notices

  • This painting was purchased at Sotheby's Gleneagles by the present owner in 1970. It was also exhibited in the 'Peasantries' exhibition which toured from Newcastle to Sheffield, Paisley and Aberdeen in 1981. No. 36, illustrated on p. 37 of exhibition catalogue.
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