Leon Augustin Lhermitte Biography | Oil Paintings
7-31-1844 Mont-St-Père, FRA – 7-28-1925 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Leon Augustin Lhermitte came from a poor family from a small farming village and at a young age showed artistic talent, life in the rural village of Mont Saint-Père would provide him with the subjects and landscapes that would become the staples of his paintings.
In 1863 at the age of nineteen, he left his small village for the École Impériale de Dessin in Paris where he studied with Horace Lecocq de Boisbaudran. He later entered the École des Beaux-Arts, it was during his classes in the studio that he met Legros, Fantin-Latour, and Rodin and formed a life-long friendship with Cazin, and for many years earned his living doing minor engraving work in France and England.
At the 1874 Paris Salon, he won recognition for his first work, a charcoal drawing Bords de Marne près d'Alfort, which caused a sensation. Leon Augustin Lhermitte soon gained a reputation for being as capable at painting and drawing with oils, pastels, and charcoal.
Fame came after 1880 when he successively entered several large works of art depicting the life and people of his native village of Mont-Saint-Père. The Cabaret in 1881, Paying the Harvesters in 1882 and The Harvest in 1883 used the same figures as models, which can be identified from one painting to another.
Léon Augustin Lhermitte's was a part of the Realism Movement and an avid realist painter, Lhermitte depicted the working class poverty in the villages and fields of France. His 1887 oil painting The Gleaners, won him much praise for they have more "character" than Millet's painting. In 1890 he was one of the founders of the Société National des Beaux-Arts, of which he was its Vice-President.
Lhermitte adopted early on the method of Peinture Claire similar to that of the Impressionists, except in a more traditionally Academic style. He was a talented artist, much respected by his peers, and was also commercially successful.
Art Movement: Realism.
Artists Influencing Léon Augustin Lhermitte: Lecoq de Boisbaudran, Jean-François Millet.
He Traveled To England, Germany.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.