• Black chalk drawing with four men drinking near a wine press

    Léon-Augustin Lhermitte (1844–1925) 
    The Wine Press, c. 1872
    Black chalk with stumping and erasing on beige laid paper, pieced together
    12 x 18 13/16 in. (30.4 x 47.7 cm)
    Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1986.17

    Lhermitte frequently depicted rural laborers. These four men with fatigued bodies and expressions pause from their work. The dimly glowing light and the harmonious arrangement of the figures lend an overall sense of melancholy, underscoring the theme of long-awaited rest. 

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