George Lacombe (1868-1916)
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Georges Lacomb was born to an upstanding family in Versailles and would become a member of the Nabi movement. His mother was a painter and engraver, so Lacomb had exposure to the arts at a very early age. He received his first training as an artist under Alfred Roll at the Academie Julien, where he became friends with Paul Serusier and Emile Bernand.
With Serusier and Bernand, Lacomb traveled to Brittany in 1888 to be a part of Les Nabis. The Nabi movement was all about symbolism, and most painters in this movement, including Lacomb, were heavily influenced by Gaugin. He would spend his summers here for nearly a decade working alongside other artists. Out of this entire movement, Lacomb would be the only one to try his hand at sculpture.
Another aspect of the Nabi movement was their appreciation for Japanese art, which can be seen in a number of Lacombe’s paintings. The extremely detailed and decorative waves in his seascapes are a result of the influence of Japanese style.
Today, Lacombe’s work is housed all over France, and perhaps in your own home. Still wondering about an interesting painting hanging on your wall? Contact us…it could be by Georges Lacombe.