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 Lhermitte, Léon-Augustin (French painter and printmaker, 1844-1925) , Rue Mont-Saint Père

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Title Rue Mont-Saint Père
Collection Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery
Artist Lhermitte, Léon-Augustin (French painter and printmaker, 1844-1925)
Date Earliest about 1860
Date Latest probably 1909
Signed yes
Description This is a painting of the artist's birthplace, a village in the Aisne. Lhermitte's subject matter rarely deviated from the peasants and rural life of his youth. Though not an innovator, being much influenced by Millet, he worked sincerely in the Barbizon tradition, reinforcing the dignity of peasant life in the face of encroaching technology. Van Gogh wrote of Lhermitte 'He is the absolute master of the figure, he does what he likes with it - proceeding neither from the colour nor the local tone but rather from the light - as Rembrandt did - there is an astonishing mastery in everything he does, above all excelling in modelling, he perfectly satisfies all that honesty demands.'
Current Accession Number ROCDG:511
Inscription front lr '[...]'
Subject townscape (village); place (Mont-Saint Père, Aisne)
Measurements 35.0 x 45.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by J. S. Crompton 1923.
Principal Exhibitions French Gallery, London, 1909;
Notes The mount covers the inscription lower right. There is a photograph of an identical work in the Witt library, described as exhibited at the French Gallery, London, 1909. If this was the Rochdale painting then this is in all likelihood where and when the donor purchased the work. Llermitte trained under Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran at the Petite Ecole in Paris. Lecoq was known for his programme of training the visual memory of his students through rapid life drawings executed without looking away from the model. His methods had a profound effect on Lhermitte. The most profound influence on his work was certainly Jean Francois Millet who, like Lhermitte, was equally adept with pastel as with oil.
Rights Owner Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery
Author Lisa Howard



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