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    Georges Emile Lebacq (Belgian, 1876-1950)
    Pommes et étain, 1919
    Oil on canvas
    12-1/2 x 16 inches (31.8 x 40.6 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: G. Lebacq / 1919

    Heritage Auctions is pleased to present two works (lots 61386 and 61387) by the Belgian artist Georges Emile Lebacq, which come directly from the artist's estate. Lebacq was a talented painter and writer who, at various points in his career, found important avenues of expression in both media. Born in Jemappes (Mons) in 1876, Lebacq started painting at the age of 20 (his surviving juvenilia is preserved in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Mons), and published poetry in the young avant-garde Symbolist journal, Le Coq Rouge. Through his association with the magazine, Lebacq met the noted Symbolist painter James Ensor who wrote many articles and editorials with him in the spirit of the journal. In 1899 Lebacq participated in the creation of the journal Le Thyrse in Brussels (the name of a Dionysian attribute celebrated by Charles Baudelaire in the Le Spleen de Paris) and wrote articles on painting and poetry.
    Having hesitated for some time between a career as a writer-poet and painter, Lebacq left Le Thyrse in 1907 to devote himself entirely to painting, embracing an Impressionist manner from 1907-1920. He traveled with his wife and children, initially to Algeria, Italy (particularly Venice), and to the Middle East (particularly Palestine and Turkey), before settling in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France on the French Riviera near Nice. He stayed at the Villa des Orchidées, a mile from the magnificent olive grove, the Domaine des Collettes, which Pierre-Auguste Renoir purchased on June 28, 1907, to save it from being felled. Lebacq painted a number of landscapes on the Renoir property, which can be seen at the Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer.
    In 1915, during World War I, Lebacq volunteered for service at the age of nearly 40, and joined the Calais regiment. In 1917 he was assigned to La Panne (Grand Quartier-Général) as an army painter in the famous "Section artistique de l'armée belge en Campagne"-a group of 26 artists which included Fernand Allard Olivier, Alfred Bastien, Leon Huygens, Armand Massonet, and Pierre Paulus. He participated in the exhibition of painters of the Belgian Front in 1917 in Switzerland. Sorely affected by the war, he returned to Bruges to find the workshop he had maintained there vandalized, and thirteen years' worth of work destroyed and/or stolen by the Germans.
    After roughly 1920, when he sought formal training at the Academie Julian in Paris, Lebacq's work began moving into a more Post-Impressionistic direction, which can be seen in the present still life with its powerful debts to a number of modernists including Cezanne, as well as Matisse and the Fauves in its attention to decorative patterning. A versatile artist and gifted colorist, Lebacq painted landscapes, still lifes, portraits, worked in both pastel and watercolor, and later in his career produced stained glass for church interiors. He spent most of his later career in France.


    Condition Report*: Framed Dimensions 14.5 X 17.5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    8th-10th Friday-Sunday
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