After studying drawing and entering a work in the Salon, Lhermitte traveled to London many times after 1869. He was known as a painter of farm subjects after he entered a work in the Royal Academy in 1872. He specialized in a painting surface filled with the soft, rich nuances of pastel or chalk, and was eventually forgotten after considerable fame based on the moralistic sentimentalism of the Victrorian age. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)


  • Title: Gleaning Women
  • Date Created: 1920
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed lower left: L. Lhermitte
  • Provenance: Kojiro Matsukata; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.
  • Physical Dimensions: w812 x h654 mm
  • Painter: Léon Augustin Lhermitte
  • Object title (Japanese): 落穂拾い
  • Object notes (Japanese): 素描を学んでサロンに出品した後、1869年以降何度もロンドンへ行く。1872年にロイヤル・アカデミーに出品して以来農民画家として知られ、ミレーの人気を引き継いだ。パステルやチョークのような柔らかなニュアンスに富んだ画面を得意とし、センチメンタルな道徳観の流行を背景に異常な人気を呼んだものの、次第に忘れ去られた。(出典: デジタルギャラリー. 1999-2006)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): レルミット、レオン・オーギュスタン
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Matsukata Collection, http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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