Albert Lebourg was born February 1, 1849 in Montfort-sur-Risle (Eure, France) a father clerk of justice. In his youth, he met Victor Delamarre, an artist who gave him advice in his early beginnings. Barely 20 years old, he entered Drouin's studio, an architect and drawing teacher in Rouen. He also follows the drawing classes of Gustave Morin, director of the Municipal School of painting and drawing of Rouen. The young Albert receives an academic training, quite traditional. At that time his taste was oriented mainly to the romanticism of 1830. 1872 is a decisive year for Lebourg as he exhibited at the 23rd Municipal Show in Rouen near Corot, Monet, Pissarro, Sisley and Ziem. A great collector, Mr. Laperlier, president of the Society of Fine Arts of Algiers (Algeria), is interested in his work and offers him a job as a professor of drawing. Lebourg is immediately seduced by the city. He taught there until 1876 and during his free time devoted himself to outdoor landscapes. This rich experience led him to clear his color palette. Back in Paris in 1878, he trained with Jean-Paul Laurens, history painter and pupil of Leon Cogniet as Gustave Morin. But this teaching does not satisfy the young artist, a lover of landscapes. Lebourg took part in the Impressionist adventure by exhibiting at the 4th and 5th Impressionist Exhibitions, in 1879 and 1880. From 1884, he undertook many travels, notably in Auvergne, Holland, Belgium and England where he admired the work of Turner, Constable and Gainsborough. In 1903, he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. His favorite subjects are the views of Paris and its surroundings (Nanterre, Rueil, Chatou, Marly) as well as Normandy: he likes in his paintings of small formats retranscribe the atmosphere that emerges from a landscape. It was while contemplating Paris that he exclaimed: "It is especially before such a table that one realizes well that one must give the sensation of things and not copy things and that a painting is not a photograph.
Paris, Paris Louvre Museum, Paris Orsay Museum, Carnavalet Paris Museum, Petit Palais Angers, Caen Fine Arts Museum, Dunkirk Fine Arts Museum, Lille Fine Arts Museum, Fine Arts Museum
Rouen, Museum of Fine Arts
E. Bénézit, Gründ edition, Volume VIII, pages 383-384.
François Lespinasse, Albert Lebourg: 1849-1928, ACK Printing, 1983.
Léonce Bénédite, Albert Lebourg, Paris, Editions of "Georges Petit Galleries", 1923.
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