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 Lhermitte, Léon-Augustin (French painter and printmaker, 1844-1925) , Evening Work

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Title Evening Work
Alternative Title Les Veilles; The Night Workers
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Lhermitte, Léon-Augustin (French painter and printmaker, 1844-1925)
Date 1888 (dated)
Signed yes
Description

There are a number of passages in Emile Zola's novel La Terre (1887) in which he describes scenes very similar to the one we see here. In the painting, as in the novel, the village women, having laboured all day in the fields, continue their industry in the evenings, meeting together to spin. In a cottage interior, by the light of a single lamp, we see a group of young women spinning, while an elderly woman, watched by the woman beside her, teaches a young child to knit.

Lhermitte, like Millet, conveys the quality and dignity of these women. It is important, though, to bear in mind the date of this painting - 1888. Lhermitte is still tackling the same subjects as Millet - but some thirty years later. How very different from the airy, modern landscapes of Monet, Renoir or Pissarro.

Current Accession Number 2140
Inscription front ll 'Lhermitte. 1888.
Subject everyday life; figure; interior
Measurements 93.3 x 122.0 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequesthed by W.J. Chrystal 1939.
Provenance Thomas Anderson; purchased by W.J. Chrystal, 1889
Principal Exhibitions Annual Exhibition, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1890, cat. no. 10; Peasantries, Polytechnic Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (touring), 1981-82, cat. no. 33
Publications Annual Exhibition, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1890, cat. no. 10; The Scotsman, 23 January 1940, ill.; The Glasgow Herald, 23 January 1940; Fairfax Monthly, March 1944, ill. p. 70; Peasantries, Polytechnic Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (touring), 1981-82, cat. no. 33
Notes Inscribed in pencil on stretcher: 'The property of W. J. Chrystal'. Inscribed in back chalk on stretcher and on frame: 'No. 52'. Inscribed in pencil on frame: 'No. 8'.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Vivien Hamilton
 

 

 

 

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