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Lon augustin lhermittes the gleaners 1887 philadelphia museum of arta part of the realism movement and an avid realist painter lhermitte depicts the working class poverty in france taking very obvious inspiration from millet a painting of the same name lhermitte in a series of works displayed at the salon aims to capture this moment in time. Lhermitte probably also intended to illustrate the three stages of life youth adulthood and old age the old man in the foreground holds a scythe a traditional symbol of approaching death. Lon augustin lhermitte was a french 19th century artist who was born in 1844 their work was featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums including the j paul getty museum at the getty center and the gladwell pattersonlon augustin lhermittes work has been offered at auction multiple times with realized prices ranging from 0 usd to 941000 usd depending on the . Lon augustin lhermitte french la prire glise saint bonnet signed llhermitte lower right pastel on stretched paper 19 5 8 by 22 5 8 in 498 by 575 cm