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Title The Fisherman
Collection Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery
Artist Lhermitte, Léon-Augustin (French painter and printmaker, 1844-1925) and pupils
Date Earliest possibly about 1895
Date Latest possibly about 1905
Signed yes
Description Three figures are on a river bank. A fisherman with back turned, sits while a woman with child looks down at him. A girl with an earthenware jar walks towards them. The river meanders through the middle ground with a mosaic of blue and white reflecting water and sky. The little girl carrying a jar in the left had appeared in Haying Scene, 1891 (Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis). The young mother and child on the right are frequent onlookers in Lhermitte's work. The subject may have been suggested by Alphonse Legros' etchings of line fishermen.
Current Accession Number KIRMG:57
Inscription front ll 'L.Lhermitte'
Subject figure; landscape; everyday life
Measurements 99.5 x 75.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from J.B. Bennett and Sons, Glasgow, 1936
Principal Exhibitions Peasantries, Newcastle Polytechnic, 1981, cat. no. 37.
Publications Hamel, Mary, A French artist Leon Lhermitte, unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Washington, 1974, illus. no. 258; Peasantries, Newcastle, 1981, cat. no. 37; Catalogue of the Fine Art Collection Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, Kirkcaldy, 1996, p. 78.
Notes Hamel dates the pictures around 1903.
Rights Owner Reproduced courtesy of Fife Council Museums: Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery
Author Dr Claudia Heide
 

 

 

 

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