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    Georges Emile Lebacq (Belgian, 1876-1950)
    Conte de fées (Fairy tale), 1924
    Oil on canvas
    19-3/4 x 24-3/8 inches (50.2 x 61.9 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: GLebacq / 1924

    The artist;
    By descent through the family to the present owner.

    The magical forest recorded in this evocative landscape by Georges Emile Lebacq is the ancient royal Forest of Halatte, located near Senlis and Chantilly in Picardy. It is one of the largest remaining blocks of natural old growth forest in France, where oak and beech timber are still harvested. Lebacq's painting carefully characterizes the forest's hazy atmosphere and extensive underbrush.

    The forest has a rich history, which gives it layers of fascination and enchantment. It bears numerous traces of its prehistoric habitation in the form of menhirs and dolmens, and late Iron Age burials; it also includes the remains of a Gallo-Roman temple built in the mid-1st century CE where excavations yielded coins, votive offerings, fibulae and other jewelry now exhibited at the museum of art and archeology in Senlis. A hunting accident in the forest claimed the life of King Philip IV of France in 1314; and Edward III of England made his last act of homage to Philip VI of France there in April 1331 for the province of Gascony, a region the two countries bitterly fought over which evenutally escalated into the Hundred Years' War. At the French Revolution, the whole forest was declared domaniale, a national property.

    It is no wonder that when he made his legendary noir fairytale Beauty and the Beast in 1946, Jean Cocteau chose the Forest of Halatte as the location for many of the film's most mysterious and magical scenes. Cocteau shot the exterior scenes of the Beast's castle at the Chateau de Raray, also located in the forest.

    More information about Lebacq, Georges Emile.

    Condition Report*: Original canvas and stretchers. UV examination reveals an older but not impenetrable varnish layer with no apparent restorations whatsoever. A small paint loss measuring less than 1/8" x 1/4" exists near the trunk of the tree on the far right, revealing white ground beneath. On the strainer is pasted an old paper label bearing the artist's name and identification of the Forest of Halatte. Framed Dimensions 24.5 X 28.75 X 2.5 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    8th Friday
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