Léon-Augustin L'Hermitte French, 1844-1925


Léon-Augustin L'Hermitte purportedly began working in pastels in 1885, the year before his first exhibition at the Société des Pastellistes Français. There at the Georges Petit Gallery in Paris he exhibited twelve pastels which portrayed daily peasant life around his birthplace of Mont-Saint- Père. This exhibition would establish L'Hermitte as one of the foremost proponents of works executed in pastel. In fact he helped to found the pastellistes and would go on to mentor younger artists in this medium. Van Gogh once referred to Lhermitte as "Millet the Second" and wrote of him in the following passage:


"…if every month "Le Monde Illustré" published one of his compositions…it would be a great pleasure for me to be able to follow it. It is certain that for years I have not seen anything as beautiful as this scene by Lhermitte…I am too preoccupied by Lhermitte this evening to be able to talk of other things."

Van Gogh


L'Hermitte's use of pastels helped to usher in and reinforce the growing acceptance of the use of pastels in art in France.


Salon, Paris, 1864-1889; 1874 (3rd Classe Medal)

Dudley Gallery, 1873

Exposition Nationale, 1883

Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1884

Museums and Public Collections

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia

Art Gallery, Ontario

Art Institute of Chicago

Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Bowes Museum, County Durham, UK

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chi-Mei Museum, Taiwan

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Dahesh Museum, New York City

Denver Museum of Art, CO

Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

Frye Art Museum, Seattle

Goteborg Art Gallery, Sweden

John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia

Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi

Manchester City Art Gallery, UK

Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York

Melton Park Gallery, Oklahoma City

Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Museum of Fine Art, Saintes, France

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Oklahoma City Art Museum, OK

Paine Art Center, Oshkosh, WI

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Reading Public Museum, Pennsylvania

Réunion des Musées Nationaux, France

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Toledo Museum of Art, OH

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO

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