Les Laveuses près de Mont Saint-Père
Les Laveuses près de Mont Saint-Père by Leon Lhermitte
27½" x 35½" / 70cms x 90 cms
Les Laveuses près de Mont Saint-Père is one of the finest examples of this genre. Executed in 1911, this painting reveals Lhermitte's mature style and complete mastery of his medium. Feathered strokes of pigment enliven the grasses and wildflowers on the riverbank, whilst the softly smooth surface of the river itself reflects the endless blue sky and village on the horizon beyond.
Lhermitte sought great enjoyment in capturing images of everyday life which he saw around him, depicting them with a beautiful natural and distinctive technique and with the precise rendering of the tiniest details. Following the traditions of the Realist movement and in particular the paintings of Jean-Francois Millet, the washerwomen are captured under Lhermitte's delicate hand without any poise or planning. They are illustrated hard at work with the sun beating down upon them, surrounded by the blissfully calm landscape, evocative of the simple life in Mont-Saint-Père that Lhermitte so admired.