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The Washerwomen

1888-1889
30 3/8 x 37 3/4 in. (77.2 x 95.9 cm)

Léon-Augustin Lhermitte
French (1844 - 1925)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Lyon
Accession Number: 1937.2
Location: Currently on view
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Although he was of the same generation as Monet and Renoir, Lhermitte chose to follow the path of traditional realism, rather than the Impressionists' experimentation with color. He did practice the fluid brushwork that they had popularized, however. Like Sorolla... Lhermitte specialized in scenes of rural workers. However, his keen eye caught the contrasting colors and textures of sun-bathed landscape and figures in much greater detail. Sorolla concentrated more on the colors and effect of the light rather than on the details of form.

[Gallery label text, 1999]

Bibliography
See extensive bibliography in 1991 catalogue raisonne [photocopy in curatorial file], including many citations from reviews of 1889 Salon exhibition.


Marks
Relined and restretched, so no marks or labels on reverse.


Provenance
Arnold et Tripp, Paris (dealers), 1889; M. Knoedler, New York (dealers), by November 1889; Henry Reinhardt, Milwaukee (dealer), 1911; Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Lyon, Rochester; their gift to the Gallery in 1937

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genre scenes
scenes of everyday life
jobs & work
depictions of working, also professions as subcategories

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