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Glaneuses en avant de Vieilles Meules
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Léon-Augustin Lhermitte, Glaneuses en avant de Vieilles Meules\nSigned L. Lhermitte (lower left)\nOil on canvas\n30 3/4 by 40 in.\n78.1 by 101.6 cm
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Lhermitte, like his contemporaries Jean François Millet and Jules Breton, looked to rural French life for his subject matter and it was the gleaner more than any other laborer who most typified the French peasant class. While Millet had a more realistic vision of what he observed - he never sought to hide the toll of years of hard labor on his subjects - Lhermitte's viewpoint was more idealized.   His gleaners resemble a trio of graceful figures in an antique frieze as they bend down to pick the morsels of grain left over from what has obviously been a bountiful harvest.  The landscape is bathed in golden sunlight, which emphasizes the almost Arcadian atmosphere of the setting.

This composition must have appealed to Lhermitte as he executed two other versions, an earlier pastel in 1885 (Le Pelley Fonteny, p. 211, no. 287), and a later variant in oil (Le Pelley Fonteny, p. 147, no. 221).  Our painting is listed as unsigned in the catalogue raisonné, which can be explained by the fact that Lhermitte's son Charles would photograph his father's works before they were signed.

medium

Oil on canvas

creator

Léon-Augustin Lhermitte

dimensions

30 3/4 by 40 in. 78.1 by 101.6 cm

literature

Monique Le Pelley Fonteny, Léon Augustin Lhermitte (1844-1925), Catalogue Raisonné, Paris, 1991, p. 143, no. 200, illustrated

provenance

Joseph A. Skinner, South Hadley, Massachusetts

Thence by descent (and sold, Christie's, New York, October 30, 1992, lot 96, illustrated)

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner


*Nota: il prezzo non corrisponde al valore odierno, ma si riferisce soltanto al reale prezzo di aggiudicazione al momento dell'acquisto.

*Nota: il prezzo non corrisponde al valore odierno, ma si riferisce soltanto al reale prezzo di aggiudicazione al momento dell'acquisto.


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