ALBERT-CHARLES LEBOURG 1849-1928

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Environs de Rouen, Soleil couchant

Oil on canvas, signed

18½ x 26 in.

£18,500

This painting is recorded in the Catalogue Raisonne by  Leonce Benedite no. 1622 P. 367 Provenance: Galerie Georges Petit:

                

 

Environs de Rouen, Soleil couchant by

Route de village, Hondouville-sur-Iton

Oil on canvas, signed

15 x 25½ in. (21 x 32 in. framed)

£17,500

Literature:  Bénédite, Léonce,  Albert Lebourg, Édition Georges Petit, Paris 1923. Possibly No.525, La Route d’Hondouville, effet de givre in the catalogue raisonné

Route de village, Hondouville-sur-Iton by

Born in Montfort-sur-Risle, Lebourg is considered to be a major artist of the Normand School. Lebourg  began his artistic education at the École des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, then continued his training at the École des Beaux-Arts at Bris and completed it by training in an architect’s studio. After his meeting with the    famous collector and connoisseur Laperlier, he was appointed Professor of Graphic Art at the School of Fine Art in Algiers,where he lived between 1872 and 1876. On his return to France he travelled  extensively in Normandy, especially along the Seine , painting around Bougivalle, Rouen, Hondouville and  Honfleur.Lebourg joined the Impressionistic movement early in its inception and participated in the group’s fourth and fifth exhibitions in 1879 and 1880.  As Monet and Sisley were later to do, he often painted the same motif in different lights. Lebourg was first admitted to the Salon in 1883. In 1884 he lived and worked in the Auvergne, and between 1886 and 1895 he lived alternately in Paris and Rouen. In 1896 the Mancini     Gallery in Paris staged an important exhibition of his drawings, watercolours and oil paintings which met with great critical success. In 1900 Lebourg exhibited at the World Fair and in 1918 a large retrospective exhibition of his work was held at George Petit’s gallery in Paris. Lebourg  was made Chevalier de laLégion d’Honneur in 1903.The present example is typical of Lebourg’s interplay between colour and light. The village lies between Louviers and Evereux (Eure) about fifty kilometres from Rouen

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