Leo Herrmann (French painter, 1853–1927) Drawing, Pen and Ink over Crayon.
“Un Incroyable » seated and holding a stick, signed ‘Leo Herrmann’ (lower left) 33 cm x 25 cm
French painter; Leo Herrmann was born in Paris on 2 July, 1853. Schooled in France, he exhibited at a salon for genre paintings from 1875. It was there that Herrmann established himself as a highly successful, commercial artist specialising in figurative, narrative genre. He carved a strong reputation for his portrayal of Catholic clergy from his native France, often in comical scenarios. His work is as sought after today as it was in his own lifetime.
He was a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at Paris, and exhibited his first picture, “A Bout d’Argument,” in the Paris Salon of 1875. It was followed in 1876 by “La Bonne Histoire.” Since then he has been a constant exhibitor in the Salon. Among his paintings may be mentioned: “Le Scandale du Jour” (1877); “Au Rendez-Vous” (1887); “Le Goûter” (1889); “Au Cabaret” (1896).