MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK 2019

32 East 67 St., January 25 - February 2, 2019

Artist

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.

Provenance

Artist's studio 

L. Quitton Collection, Paris, before 1991 

Exhibitions

Les fusains de L. L'hermitte, Paris, Launette Artistic Library, 1887 

Literature

A. Theuriet, 'The Village,' La Vie Rustique, ed. 1888, p. 193

 

Mr Hamel, A French Artist: Leon L'hermitte (1844-1925), doctoral thesis, Saint Louis, Washington University, 1974, C 124, no. 121, repr

Monique Le Pelley Fonteny, Leon Augustin L'hermitte (1844-1925), Catalog raisonné, Paris, 1991, p. 413, n ° 491

Publications

Alfred Paulet, 'The National', 7 September 1887 

C. Ponsonaille, 10 October 1887

Jean Balva, 'The Authority', 10 January 1888