Georges Lacombe (1868_1916) | Mouvement Nabis | Gouache | Sud de la France

Georges Lacombe (1868-1916)

« Two People Climbing Stairs »

Support: Gouache on paper

Monogram: GL

Height: 14,5 cm. (5.7in.) 

Width: 10,5 cm. (4,1in.)

Inventory number: 013-0517

 

Photographs of the work: 

 

1/ Georges Lacombes (1868_1916) | "Deux personnes montant des escaliers" | Gouache

 

Georges Lacombe (1868-1916)

 

Photographiedu peintre  Nabi Georges Lacombe (1868-1916) dans son atelier en train de sculpter

  

Photograph of Georges Lacombe in his Versailles workshop

 

 

Georges Lacombe was born in Versailles at 42 (today 32) avenue de Villeneuve l'Etang, on June 18, 1868. His family is wealthy.

He will go to school with the Eudists in Saint-Jean-de-Béthune in Versailles. This institution is religious and strict. Presumably, this is the episode in his life that will make him become a convinced anticlerical.

He will set up a workshop at the bottom of the family property's garden. He frequented Versailles society, spent the summer in Brittany.

In 1892, through mutual friends, he met Paul Sérusier. Georges Lacombe joins the Nabis group.

In 1893, he exhibited two wood carvings at Le Barc de Boutteville.

That same year, he discovered forty-four paintings by Paul Gauguin's first stay in Tahiti at the Durand-Ruel gallery.

In 1894, with Théo Van Rysselberghe, he experimented with neo-impressionism.

In 1899, he received his friend Paul Ranson whose health had deteriorated and who would participate in the decoration of his house L'Ermitage. The latter did not leave until 1905.

Georges Lacombe will exhibit only five paintings at the Salon des Indépendants.

He sculpts a lot, he will be called by critics the "sculptor Nabi". He will notably make heads for the puppet theater of L'Abbé Prout. He produced the busts of several of his friends: Paul SérusierPierre Bonnard or Maurice Denis.

Sheltered from financial worries by his marriage to Marthe Wenger, he never tried to sell his paintings. He lives near Alençon at L'Ermitage which his painter friends will decorate.

In 1909, He sculpted the bust of Paul-Élie Ranson (post-mortem).

Georges Lacombe will occasionally teach sculpture at the Ranson Academy.

In Alençon, he left this world on June 29, 1916 suffering from tuberculosis

His Nabi adventure only lasted five years, but secured his place in the history of art. His works are extremely rare and much sought after.

 

Some important works by Georges Lacombe

 

 

Gouache de Georges Lacombe (1868-1916) |Peintre Nabi | "Forêt Violette" 

  

Violet forest, landscape, 1894-1895
Gouache on paper

 

Georges_Peinture de Georges Lacombe (1868-1916) | Peintre Nabi | "Mer Jaune"

 

"Yellow Sea"Camaret, around 1892, Brest Museum of Fine Arts

 

Peinture Marine de Georges Lacombe (1868-1916) | Peintre Nabis | "Plumes d'Oiseaux"

 

Georges Lacombe (1868-1916)
"Blue Marine, Wave Effect"Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes
Egg painting on canvas - 49.5 x 65.5 cm

 

Paintings by Georges Lacombe in museums

 

"Sun in the trees", Paris, oil, museum of Orsay

"The purple wave", between 1895 and 1896, Paris, oil, museum of Orsay

"The Ages of Life", Geneva, oil, 1892, Musée du Petit-Palais de Genève

"Red soil forest", 1891, Quimper Museum of Fine Arts

"Yellow Sea", Camaret, around 1892, Brest Museum of Fine Arts

"Vorhor, gray wave", Cliffs at Camaret, Brest Museum of Fine Arts

"Portrait of Albert Hepp (1870-1947)" Versailles, Lambinet museum

"Portrait of Laure Lacombe (1834-1924)" Mother of Georges Lacombe, Versailles, Lambinet museum

"The Nabi with a shiny beard" (portrait of Paul Sérusier), around 1894, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Maurice Denis departmental museum "The Priory"

"Blue Marine, Wave Effect", Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes

 

Georges Lacombe's drawings in museums

 

"Le Calvaire", drawing, Brest Museum of Fine Arts

"Breastfeeding woman", drawing, Versailles, Lambinet museum

"Woman seen in full length", drawing, Versailles, Lambinet museum

"Christ on the cross", drawing, Versailles, Lambinet museum

"Le Gave", drawing, Nantes Museum of Fine Arts

“Sea and rocks”, drawing, Nantes Museum of Fine Arts

"Marthe Wenger seated", Future wife of the artist, drawing, Versailles, Lambinet museum

“Breton in a blue cardigan”, drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre, department of graphic arts

"Breton feeding a little girl", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

“Bretonne seen from behind”, drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

"Sketch of pines", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

"Sketch", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

"Two child's faces", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

"Departure of a tower staircase", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

"Study of a sculpted demon", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

"Study of sculpted door", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

“Light study of faces and hands”, drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

"Woman in bust in front of a window", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

“Little girl reading”, drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

“Breton girls seated, hands on their knees”, drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre, department of graphic arts

"Spiers of a church decorated with grinning figures", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

“Breton Festival”, drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

"Gargouille", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

"Grands pins", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

"Grands pins", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

"Young Breton woman seated, facing, hands clasped", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre, department of graphic arts

"Young Breton girl from behind", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

“Young Breton woman half-legs in profile on the right”, drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre, department of graphic arts

"Young woman squatting at the water's edge, barefoot and scarf on her head", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

"The sea, close up view, in a boat", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

"Long pipe, and other objects", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

“Umbrella pines”, drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, graphic arts department

“Portrait of the painter Paul Sérusier, bust, three-quarters to the left”, drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

"First thought for Isis: naked woman, front view, opulent breast", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, graphic arts department

“Silhouette dressed in a cape, three quarters to the left”, drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

“Statue of medieval saint, silhouettes of peasants, and animal”, drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

"Three wave studies", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, graphic arts department

"Trunk of a dead tree", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

"Bearded man's head, leaning forward", drawing, Paris, Musée du Louvre department of graphic arts

"Face in profile on the right", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

"View taken from the top of a tower", drawing, Paris, Louvre museum, department of graphic arts

 

Sculptures by Georges Lacombe in museums

 

"Selfportrait in crucified", high-relief, bas-relief, Brest Museum of Fine Arts

"Isis", circa 1895, bas-relief in partly polychrome mahogany, Paris, Musée d'Orsay

"L'Existence", between 1894 and 1896, bas-relief in walnut, Paris, Musée d'Orsay

"Marie Madeleine", 1897, sculpture in mahogany wood, palace of fine arts of Lille

"Pierre Bonnard", 1911, wooden bust, Paris, Musée d'Orsay

"La Mort", between 1894 and 1896, bas-relief in walnut, Paris, Musée d'Orsay

"Bust of Maurice Denis", 1911, sculpture in mahogany, preserved in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, departmental museum Maurice-Denis "Le Prieuré"

"Bust of Paul Sérusier" circa 1905-1906, bronze, Quimper Museum of Fine Arts and Maurice-Denis departmental museum "Le Prieuré"