Léon Augustin Lhermitte: La vendange à Mont-Saint-Père (1876)

Léon Augustin Lhermitte (French, 1844-1925), La vendange à Mont-Saint-Père, signed ‘L. Lhermitte’ (lower left), oil on canvas, 40 x 58 ¼ in. (101.6 x 148 cm.), Painted in 1876, Image Source: Christie’s

La vendange à Mont-Saint-Père effectively combines all of the hallmarks of Lhermitte’s most sought-after works: peasants at work in an expansive landscape with multiple figures at various stages of the labor involved in bringing in a harvest of grapes. The composition is complex, with the placement of the figures carefully arranged in order to lead the viewer back through the diagonal that runs through the painting to the furthest reaches of the landscape. The landscape is presented in the darkened tones of autumn, while the figures are highlighted by the brighter pastel tones of their clothing, executed in broader brushstrokes or with the use of a palette knife.”


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. There certainly is a lot going on here. I like the muted colors. 🙂

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