Lhermitte’s innovative use of pastels won him the admiration of his contemporaries. Vincent van Gogh wrote that "If every month Le Monde Illustré published one of his compositions ... it would be a great pleasure for me to be able to follow it. It is certain that for years I have not seen anything as beautiful as this scene by Lhermitte ... I am too preoccupied by Lhermitte this evening to be able to talk of other things." DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 26.2 x 20.0 in. / 48.3 x 61.0 cm SIGNATURE: Signed MEDIUM: Pastel