Artist: Attributed to
Date Made/Found: 1860-1900
, French, 1844 - 1925
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Sight size: 362 x 440mm
Overall: 560 x 578 x 57mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.1317
This painting is characteristic of Lhermitte’s early style, he painted the sky after painting the trees. If you look closely you can see the unpainted canvas between the edges of the trees and sky. This was a technique that the artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot also used in many of his paintings.
Lhermitte was a painter of rural scenes, often depicting figures. He belonged to the Barbizon School and was greatly influenced by one of the founders, Jean François Millet. Van Gogh was an admirer of Lhermitte’s work and praised him for his use of light.