85 x 50 x 5 cm / 33,4 x 19,6 x 1,9 in
Signed with monogram lower right: GL
Martine Foltz-Lacombe collection.
Private collection, Switzerland (acquired from the above).
Exposition du Groupe, Paris, Galerie Bernheim, 1907, n°26.
Exposition de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1908, n°1993.
Sculptures sur bois de Georges Lacombe, Paris, Hessel Gallery, 1912.
Salon d'Automne, Paris, 1920, n°1270.
Les peintres de Pont-Aven et leurs amis, Paris, Maurs Gallery, 1946, n°49.
Bonnard, Vuillard et les Nabis, Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, 1955,n°112.
Cent sculpteurs de Daumier à nos jours, Saint-Etienne, Musée d'Art et d'Industrie, 1960, n°31.
Les Sources du XXe siècle, Paris, Musée National d'Art moderne, 1960-1961, n°359.
Gauguin et ses amis, Musée de Pont-Aven, 1961, n°99.
Les Nabis et leurs amis, Mannheim, Kunsthalle, 1963-1964, n°150.
Georges Lacombe, le "nabi-sculpteur", Paris, Galerie André Pacitti, 1969, n°7.
Georges Lacombe, 1868-1916, Versailles, Musée Lambinet, 1984, n°19, reproduced p.41.
Georges Lacombe 1866-1916, Pont-Aven, Musée de Pont-Aven, 1998, n°41, reproduced p.62.
Les univers de Georges Lacombe 1866-1916, Versailles, Musée Lambinet, 2012, n°42, reproduced p.94.
Expositions diverses, L.Vauxcelles, dans Gil Blas, June 7th 1907.
G.Denoinville, La sculpture à la Nationale, in Sensations d'Art, 1909.
Exposition Georges Lacombe, in Gil Blas, P.Muller, 5 avril 1912.
Blandine Salmon, Olivier Meslay, Georges Lacombe, Catalogue Raisonné, Sculptures-Peintures-Dessins, Charles et André Bailly Editeurs, 1991, reproduced in color p.17.
Joëlle Ansieau, Georges Lacombe, 1868-1916, Catalogue Raisonné, Somogy Editions d'Art, 15 septembre 1998, reproduced under the n°185.
Les univers de Georges Lacombe 1868-1916, Silvana Editoriale, Musée Lambinet Versailles, Maurice Denis Musée Départemental, 2012, reproduced in color under the n°42.
Versailles 1868 - Alençon 1916
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.
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, characterized by simple forms and pure colors, depicted the landscapes of French Brittany.
Nevertheless, Georges Lacombe was mainly known for his sculptures as his nickname -"Nabi sculptor"- implies. Indeed, he realized 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.