La Promenade (The Walk)

Albert Lebourg

French, 1849 - 1928

La promenade (The Walk), n.d.

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Lithograph on paper

Dimensions: 5 1/2 × 7 3/4 in. (14 × 19.7 cm)

Gift of Mrs. R. Spencer Bishop, 1948.5

Born in Montfort-sur-Risle, France, Albert Lebourg intended on pursing a career in architecture at the École Municipale de Dessin in Rouen. Lebourg became increasingly interested in art, and was encouraged by the architect Drouin to study landscape painting with Victor Delamarre. From 1872 to 1877, Lebourg was Professor of Drawing at the Société des Beaux Arts in Algiers. During this time, he began to experiment by painting the same scene at different times of the day, recording the effects of light in much the same manner as Claude Monet.Returning to Paris in 1878, Lebourg studied at the studio of Jean-Paul Laurens, where he adopted the Impressionist style in earnest. Lebourg also made the acquaintance of Degas, Monet, Sisley and other Impressionist artists. La Promenade is an example of Lebourg's subtle response to Impressionism, and his particular skill at reproducing dappled light. La Promenade presents mother and child with great reverence as both figures appear luminescent, bathed in a glowing light that filters through a canopy of arbors.

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