Lebourg was born on February 1, 1849 in Montfort-sur-Risle, Eure, northwest of Paris. Form an early age, he attended an art school in Rouen and the studio of J.P.Laurens in Paris, studying painting, but it was not until be went to Algeria and became a sketching instructor that his paintings became worthy of note. When he returned to France in 1877, he settled first in the Auvergne and then in Rouen. He exhibited together with the Impressionists in Paris, and became popular as a minor member of their group. His work went on show at the Expo in 1900 and received a silver medal. In 1903, he also received the Legion d'Honneur. In 1921, however, he was totally paralyzed following a cerebral hemorrhage. From that day on he was unable to take up his brushes. He died on January 7, 1929. His works hang in various museums in France and elsewhere, including the Jeu de Paume (Paris), Rouen and Bucharest. The work in our company's possession was also exhibited as No.9 at the 'Exhibition Lebourg' held at Galerie Paul Blanseur in 1942. In a commentary on Lebourg's art, Gustave Geoffroy wrote in 1918: 'His works do not have brilliant colors or lights like fireworks. But when we look at his paintings, we are drawn into a well-balanced world, infinitely gentle, comfortable and transparent, where everything evaporates and dissolves into a charming and melancholic dream intoxicated with the graces chosen out of the universe.'
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