French 1844-1925
The Haymakers

Pastel on Paper
Image size: 9 ½ x 12 ½ inches (24 x 32 cm)
Original swept frame


Léon Augustin Lhermitte was born in Mont Saint Pere, France.  He was a French realist painter whose primary subject matter was rural scenes depicting peasants at work.

He was a student of Lecoq de Boisbaudran, and gained recognition after his show in the Paris Salon in 1864. 

His many awards include the French  Legion of Honour in 1844 and the Grand Prize at the World Exhibition in 1889. Lhermitte’s innovative use of  pastels won him the admiration of his contemporaries. Van Gogh wrote that “If every month Le Monde Illustre published one of his compositions … it would be a great pleasure for me to be able to follow it. It is certain that for years I have not seen anything as beautiful as this scene by Lhermitte … I am too preoccupied by Lhermitte this evening to be able to talk of other things.’ 

Lhermitte is represented in the collections of museums around the world.