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Albert-Charles Lebourg(1849 - 1928)
Charles Albert Lebourg (1849 - 1928 French) Albert Lebourg was born in Montfort-sur-Risle, France February 1, 1849 and died in Rouen January 7, 1928. He is considered a French Impressionist. Lebourg had an early interest in architecture and studied under the architect Drouin at the École Municipale de Dessin in Rouen. He became increasingly interested in art and through Drouin met the landscape painter Victor Delamarre (1811-1868) who advised and taught him. Giving up architecture altogether, Lebourg decided to attend the École Municipale de Peinture et de Dessin in Rouen under Gustave Morin (1809- 1886). In 1871, he met the collector Laperlier through whom he obtained the post of professor of drawing at the Société des Beaux-Arts in Algiers. He remained there from 1872 to 1877, producing works such as Street in Algiers (1875; Rouen, Muse. Beaux-Arts Academie) He also experimented with depicting a single site in a variety of different lights, in a manner similar to the late works of Claude Monet (1840-1926). In 1877, Lebourg gave up his teaching post in Algeria and returned to Paris. From 1878 to 1880, he would study at the atelier of Jean-Paul Laurens. It was at this point that he became aware of Impressionism. During this period Lebourg became friendly with Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley (1839-1899). He first exhibited at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français in 1883 and again in 1886. In 1889, Lebourg would begin exhibiting at the foundation of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and exhibit regularly from 1891 to 1914. Between 1884 and 1886, Lebourg spent most of his time in the Auvergne region, producing such Impressionist works as Snow in Auvergne (1886; Rouen, Muse. Beaux-Arts Academie), in which a river re-establishes the habitual presence of water in his work. After living and working in numerous places in northern France, Lebourg traveled in the Netherlands (1895–18977) and in 1900, he spent a short period in Britain, which confirmed his love of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), John Constable (1776-1837) and Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788). He continued working in a luminous Impressionist style with landscapes such as Small Farm by the Water (Ile de Vaux) (1903; Rouen, Muse. Beaux-Arts Academie) up until 1921 when he was paralyzed by a stroke. Museums: San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, USA Foundation Bemberg Museum, Toulouse, France Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris Musée de Orsay, Paris Petit Palais, Paris Musée Bayonne Musée Clermont-Ferrand, France Musée Le Harve, France Musée Dunkerque, France Musée Lille, France Musée Strasbourg, France Musée Rouen, France Literature: Albert Lebourg, (Petit, Paris 1923) Léonce Bénédite Les Grands Peintres du Val-d’Oise, Marie-Paule Défossez Listed: E. Bénézit, vol. VI, page508 Thieme-Becker Dictionnaire Biographique des artistes Contemporains 1910-1924, Paris Dictionnaire des Petits Maîtres de la Peinture 1820-1920, vol. II, Gérald Schurr & Pierre Cabanne
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