Léon Augustin Lhermitte (French, 1844-1925) Le Labourage (on two joined sheets)

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Lot 4
Léon Augustin Lhermitte
(French, 1844-1925)
Le Labourage

Sold for £ 6,250 (US$ 8,338) inc. premium
Léon Augustin Lhermitte (French, 1844-1925)
Le Labourage
signed 'L.Lhermitte' (lower right)
charcoal
38.5 x 67cm (15 3/16 x 26 3/8in).
on two joined sheets

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    with Durand-Ruel, Paris, 30 May 1972
    with Deschamps, London
    Robert Rudolph
    Private collection, UK

    Literature
    M. Le Pelley Fonteny, Catalogue raisonné de Léon-Augustin Lhermitte, Pairs, 1991, p.481, no.931 (with wrong dimensions)

    Painted in 1871, the present lot is a preparatory drawing for the oil held in the Glasgow Museum entitled Ploughing with Oxen (accession no.2229), executed the same year. Lhermitte's honest and realist depiction of these two peasant farmers is typical of his work, conveying solemnity yet also a certain reverence for their exhausting and thankless work.

    We are grateful to the Comité Lhermitte for confirming the attribution to Léon Augustin Lhermitte. The work will be included in the Supplement of the Catalogue Raisonné of the artist, currently in preparation by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau and Monique Le Pelley-Fonteny.
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