LÉON-AUGUSTIN LHERMITTE | RECUEILLEMENT PRÈS DU TOMBEAU DE LOUIS DE BRÉZÉ DANS LA CHAPELLE DE LA VIERGE À LA CATHÉDRALE DE ROUEN
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
1844 - 1925
RECUEILLEMENT PRÈS DU TOMBEAU DE LOUIS DE BRÉZÉ DANS LA CHAPELLE DE LA VIERGE À LA CATHÉDRALE DE ROUEN
signed L. Lhermitte (lower right)
charcoal on paper
21 ¾ by 17 in.
55.2 by 43.2 cm
The Comité Lhermitte has confirmed the authenticity of this work, which will be included in the Supplement of the Catalogue Raisonné now in preparation by the Galerie Brame & Lorenceau and Monique Le Pelley-Fonteny.
Charcoal on paper laid down on heavy card. The sheet is time stained. There are two barely visible pin dot losses: one at upper center on the equestrian figure and one in the background at upper right. There are two very small losses to the sheet at the extreme upper left and left upper edges; a possible repaired tear in the upper left corner; and some minor pulling in the lower left corner (all of which are not visible in current matting).
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Private Collection, United States
Thence by descent
Léon-Augustin Lhermitte devoted much of his oeuvre to everyday life in the rural villages of Northern France. Like his Realist contemporaries, he often depicted peasants laboring in the fields, but he also took interest in humble interiors and family life, especially tender moment between mothers and children. The present lot provides an intimate view of a quiet moment of prayer and reflection in the cathedral of Rouen, northwest of Paris, which featured prominently throughout Lhermitte's artistic career. The Gothic splendor of the twelfth century cathedral has captivated French painters for centuries, and in the late 1800s it would become an important subject for Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro.