Lacombe, Georges (1868-1916) - 1894 Chestnut Gatherers (Norton Simon Art Foundation,Pasadena, Calif.)

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    French painter and sculptor. He was born into a cultivated family of artistic inclination and independent means. He first studied with his mother, the printmaker and painter Laure Lacombe (1834–1924), and received further guidance from the French painters Georges Bertrand (1849–1929), Alfred Roll and Henri Gervex, who were family friends. From 1888 to 1897 he spent the summers at Camaret on the Brittany coast. In 1892 he befriended Paul Sérusier and was soon attracted to the aesthetic of the NABIS. He painted Breton figural scenes and stylized seascapes characterized by flat patterns, Japanese print devices, and mysterious, often anthropomorphic imagery. Familiarity with Paul Gauguin in 1893–4 aroused his interest in wood-carving (an interest that may also have been nurtured by his father, an amateur cabinetmaker) and encouraged him to employ a deliberately crude technique. Known as ‘the Nabi sculptor’, Lacombe explored Symbolist themes such as the cycle of life and death treated in The Bed (1894–6; Paris, Mus. d’Orsay).

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    1. RasMarley 53 months ago | reply

      The three women in the foreground are gathering nuts, yet their comportment appears more appropriate to a religious procession. The even rhythm of the leaves and chestnuts on the forest floor and in the thick arbor create a flat, decorative quality. The vision is frozen and timeless. Only the brief glimpses of the horizon through the trees establish the background. Curiously, the largest opening seems also to serve as a halo for the central figure. The Chestnut Gatherers was part of a series of paintings representing the four seasons.

    2. sunderlandartstudent 53 months ago | reply

      and gaugin ripped him off.
      well, gaugin ripped everyone off lol.

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