Leon Augustin Lhermitte is celebrated for his paintings and pastel drawings of rural genre scenes of the French countryside. Throughout his career, Lhermitte captured the work and daily life of the rural life of his time, executed in his distinctively naturalistic technique and with the precise rendering of the tiniest details.
Lhermitte rejuvenated traditional themes of academic art by executing them with progressive techniques. Lhermitte took the recognised imagery of the peasant and rural life and reintroduced it by using more contemporary media, such as pastels. For these innovations, Lhermitte was praised and admired by his contemporaries and modern audiences alike. Lhermitte brought the image of rural life and landscape into the twentieth century.
Lhermitte was greatly admired by fellow artists, including Auguste Rodin, Vincent van Gogh and Puvis de Chavannes. He was awarded numerous accolades and prizes throughout his career and his work is proudly displayed in numerous museums around the world.