(1968 – 1916), France


Born in a wealthy family, George Lacombe was raised in an artistic environment. His father produced wood furniture and his mother spent her spare time painting and drawing. At home, the Lacombe's hosted many artists amongst which: Henri Gervex or Alfred Roll.

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However, it was only when Georges Lacombe met Paul Séuriser that his artistic career took off. The latter introduced him to the Nabi painters and Georges Lacombe ended up joining the group. His artworks of the period, characterised by simple forms and pure colours, depicted the landscapes of French Brittany.

Nevertheless, Georges Lacombe was mainly known for his sculptures as his nickname—'Nabi sculptor'—implies. Indeed, he realised many wooden sculptures influenced by the instigator of the Nabi movement: Paul Gauguin.

From 1895 onward, Georges Lacombe participated in the Salon de la Société des Artistes Indépendants. His artworks were also presented alongside other artists at the Impressionist and Symbolist painters exhibition. In 1904, his encounter with van Rysselberghe, led him toward Post-Impressionism. He represented landscapes and more precisely the effects of light. A few years after his death, in 1924, a retrospective was dedicated to him at the Balzac Gallery.

Nowadays, his artworks can be seen at the Musée d'Orsay, the Fine Arts Museum of Brest or Lille or at the Musée départemental Maurice Denis in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.


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