Lavandieres en Provence features a group of rural French women attending to domestic chores. The washer women toil to complete their laundry in a landscape rich with yellows and browns. L’Hermitte depicts these women of Provence both sympathetically and realistically. Although the facial features are vague due to their impressionistic rendering in pastel, the humanity of the women is immediately evident.
Signature: Signed lower right: Lhermitte
This work will be included in the forthcoming Leon Augustin L’Hermitte catalogue raisonne, under preparation by Monique Le Pelley Fonteny. The pastel will be listed as Pa 1056-1.
The Fine Art Society, London
Frost & Reed, London
Private Collection, Los Angeles