Albert Lebourg France

2-1-1849 Montfort-sur-Risle, FRA - 1-7-1928 Rouen, FRA

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Lebourg, Albert

Initially studying at Évreux Lycée, Albert Lebourg, with interests in architecture, entered the École des Beaux-Arts of Rouen at a very young age. He studied art with Gustave Morin at l'Academie de peinture et de dessins, Rouen. Afterward, the artist was briefly a student of Jean-Paul Laurens. In 1876, Lebourg exhibited his works for the first time together with Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and other artists on the Boulevard Montmartre. Albert Lebourg was referred to be appointed as a drawing professor at the Société des Beaux-Arts in Algiers after being noticed in Rouen by the art collector Laurent Laperlier. There he met Jean Seignemartin, who he inspired to bring more clarity and light into his paintings. In 1873 Albert Lebourg married and remained in Algiers until the summer of 1877 when he resigned from his teaching position and returned to Paris with numerous paintings of the casbah, mosques and the Admiralty.

In the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition of 1879 Lebourg exhibited 30 works with Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas, presenting paintings and drawings executed in Algiers. In 1883 he was admitted to the Salon (Paris) with his work entitled Matinée à Dieppe. In 1887 he exhibited at the acclaimed Les XX exhibition, with Walter Sickert, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot and Georges-Pierre Seurat exhibit, with Seurat and Signac present at the opening.

Albert Lebourg remained occupied in all four seasons painting animated scenes of the Seine in and near Rouen and Paris. He energetically painted in Auvergne, Normandy and Île-de-France, finally settling in Puteaux where he remained from 1888 to 1895, availing himself to the surroundings of Paris, painting what he would regard as his best works.

Lebourg moved to the Netherlands in 1895, where he would stay two years. He exhibited to great acclaim in Paris and won the Silver Medal at the Exposition Universelle 1900. In 1903 a retrospective exhibition was organized presenting 111 works at the Gallerie Rosenberg in Paris. While his fame was firmly established by 1910 he continued exhibiting annually at the Salon.

November 13, 1909, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen opened a show with fifty-two paintings: thirteen by Albert Lebourg, three by Monet, nine by Sisley, one by Renoir, three by Armand Guillaumin, five by Joseph Delattre, two by Charles Frechon and four by Robert Antoine Pinchon.

He suffered a stroke in September 1920 that paralyzed the left side of his body. He nevertheless remarried in February 1921.

Art Movement: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism
Influences: Gustave Morin, Jean-Paul Laurens
Traveled: Algeria, Netherlands
Influenced: Jean Seignemartin
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