Léon Augustin L'Hermitte, 'The Market Place of Ploudalmézeau

Léon Augustin L'Hermitte, 'The Market Place of Ploudalmézeau

Léon Augustin L'Hermitte (1844-1925)
'The Market Place of Ploudalmézeau, Brittany'
France
About 1877
Oil on canvas
Museum no. CAI.68

Léon Augustin L'Hermitte painted mainly scenes of peasant and rural life which he exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1864. Like many artists of this period he was fascinated by the traditional dress and way of life of the Bretons. The small town of Ploudalmézeau, France is near the coast of Finistère, at the western tip of Brittany. The painting shows smallholders in the market place selling their produce of apples, carrots and cabbages.