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Albert Lebourg (1849-1928) - Docks of the Seine, 1880
Ref : 64114
Period :
19th century
Artist :
Albert Lebourg (1849-1928)
Provenance :
Medium :
Oil on canvas
Dimensions :
L. 25.79 inch X H. 13.78 inch
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Albert Lebourg (1849-1928) - Docks of the Seine, 1880

Albert Lebourg was born on February 1, 1849 in Montfort-sur-Risle (Eure, France). His father was a clerk of the court. Albert Lebourg has always had a strong connection with nature. In his youth, he meets Victor Delamarre who is an artist and he will give him advice when he first starts to paint his first paintings. At barely twenty years old, he works at the studio of Drouin who is an architect and drawing instructor at Rouen. Albert Lebourg also attends drawing classes taught by Gustave Morin who is the director of l’École Municipale de peinture et dessin de Rouen. Young Albert receives a traditional academic education. At that time, his style was mostly focused on 1830’s Romanticism. 1872 is an important year for Lebourg because he shows his artwork at the 23rd Salon Municipal de Rouen which is attended by Corot, Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, and Ziem. A big art collector, Mr. Laperlier, president of the Société des Beaux-Arts in Algiers (Algeria), is interested by Lebourg’s artwork and offers him a job as a drawing teacher. Lebourg is immediately seduced by the city of Algiers and he says this about it, “…the morning sky is beautiful and airy in this country. Beneath the blue water, the dark blue azure color gives a strange twist to the waves that you only find during the afternoon.” He will teach until 1876 and on his free time only paints outdoor landscapes. This rich experience of living in Algeria makes him change his style by using lighter colors in his paintings. When he gets back to Paris in 1878, he is guided by Jean-Paul Laurens, a history painter and student of Léon Cogniet, just like Gustave Morin. However, this education does not satisfy the young artist who was in love with landscapes. Lebourg participates in the impressionist movement and shows his artwork at the 4th and 5th Expositions Impressionistes in 1879 and 1880. Starting from 1884, he goes on numerous trips to Auvergne, Holland, Belgium, and England where he admires the work of Turnery, Constable, and Gainsborough. In 1903, he is named the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. His favorite subjects to paint are scenes of Paris and its surroundings (Nanterre, Rueil, Chatou, Marly), and Normandy as well. In his small paintings he likes to transcribe the atmosphere that goes on in a landscape. It is when he is in the process of creating a painting of Paris that he says, “It is especially in front of this type of painting that you realize that you need to show the sensation and not to copy exactly what is going on; a painting is not a photograph.”

Paris, Musée du Louvre Paris, Musée d’Orsay Paris, Petit Palais Angers, Musée des Beaux-Arts Caen, Musée des Beaux-Arts Dunkerque, Musée des Beaux-Arts Lille, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Rouen, Musée des Beaux-Arts

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19th Century Oil Painting