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La Gardienne de Moutons by Henri Lerolle

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The tranquility of nature is dutifully captured in this elegant scene by Henri Lerolle

Key Features

  • A breathtaking pastoral scene entitled La Gardienne de Mouton by Parisian artist Henri Lerolle
  • His use of plein-air technique allowed Lerolle to capture the true beauty of nature
  • Signed "Dubé JPs H. Lerolle Paris 1897" (lower left); oil on canvas
  • Canvas: 32" high x 55" wide; Frame: 38" high x 61 1/4" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C: 55 F: 61 1/4 Inches
  • Height:
    C: 32 F: 38 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
  • Subject:
  • Artist:
    Lerolle, Henri
Henri Lerolle
  1848-1929 French

La Gardienne de Moutons (The Keeper of the Sheep) 

Signed "Dubé JPs H. Lerolle Paris 1897" (lower left)
Oil on canvas

French artist, collector and patron Henri Lerolle presents a tranquil pastoral scene of a shepherdess and her flock entitled La Gardienne de Moutons (The Keeper of Sheep). Always known for his independent outlook and working outside the en vogue, he composed elegant, realistic canvases that depicted scenes of everyday activity during the height of Impressionism. Lerolle's outstanding works, once greatly under appreciated, are now found in the famed Louvre and Museé d'Orsay museums of Paris, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

An avid lover of the arts, Lerolle enjoyed a notable artistic career. He attended the Académie Suisse, studying under the academic artist Louis Lamoth and exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1868, 1885 and 1895. He worked mainly in plein-air, focusing on the relationship between man and nature, as seen in the current example. As a patron, Lerolle was personal friends with and owned works by such artists as Maurice Denis, Degas, Corot and Renoir, and such notable figures were frequent guests at the Lerolle home. In fact, Renoir painted several portraits with the Lerolles and his daughters as the subjects. Being an avid violinist and composer, the Lerolle household also became a meeting place for musicians of the day including Vincent d'Indy, Claude Debussy and Paul Dukas.

Canvas: 32" high x 55" wide
Frame: 38" high x 61 1/4" wide 

Artist's Museums:
Louvre, Paris
Museé d'Orsay, Paris
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco

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