Developments in the 19th Century



 




Art Styles in 19th century - Art Map


 




SYMBOLISM

in

FRANCE




(Between Romanticism and Expressionism)



 




Georges Lacombe

(1868- 1916)

 

 
 

 

(b Versailles, 18 June 1868; d Alençon, 29 June 1916).

French painter and sculptor. He was born into a cultivated family of artistic inclination and independent means. He first studied with his mother, the printmaker and painter Laure Lacombe (1834–1924), and received further guidance from the French painters Georges Bertrand (1849–1929), Alfred Roll and Henri Gervex, who were family friends. From 1888 to 1897 he spent the summers at Camaret on the Brittany coast. In 1892 he befriended Paul Sérusier and was soon attracted to the aesthetic of the NABIS. He painted Breton figural scenes and stylized seascapes characterized by flat patterns, Japanese print devices, and mysterious, often anthropomorphic imagery. Familiarity with Paul Gauguin in 1893–4 aroused his interest in wood-carving (an interest that may also have been nurtured by his father, an amateur cabinetmaker) and encouraged him to employ a deliberately crude technique. Known as ‘the Nabi sculptor’, Lacombe explored Symbolist themes such as the cycle of life and death treated in The Bed (1894–6; Paris, Mus. d’Orsay). Intrigued by the decorative arts, he created (e.g. Spring, Geneva, Petit Pal., Autumn, Pasadena, CA, Norton Simon Mus., c. 1894–5) and commissioned mural projects throughout his life, notably by Sérusier and Paul Ranson.

 



 
 
Chestnut Gatherers
1893
 
   
Mort et Volupte
1893

 
 

 

   
Marine bleue
1893
 
   
Violet Waves

 

 
   
Love
1893
 
   
Death
1893
 
   
La naissance
1893
 
   
Dream
1893
 
   
Femmes damnees
 
   
The Ages of Life
1894
   
Isis
1895
 
   
The Gray Sea
1896
 

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