Léon Augustin Lhermitte

French (1844–1925)

Women Washing in a Stream

c. 1900

Pastel on paper

Gift of the Stuart Society and Friends in memory of Dr. Grover Austin


Lhermitte made his Salon debut at the age of twenty and established himself as a landscape artist with a particular sensitivity to nature. He is noted for helping to establish drawings as a major artistic expression.

This large-scale pastel drawing is a good example of Lhermitte’s proficiency with the medium. The work displays a delicate combination of earth tones, use of the natural tones of the paper, and jewel-like colors, which is typical of the artist. Known for his images of the working class, the theme of women washing clothes in a stream was a favorite of Lhermitte and appears in many of his works.


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