Marshalltown Arts & Civic Center

Albert Lebourg

Albert Lebourg began his artistic education at the École Des Beaux-Arts in Rouen and completed his training at an architectural firm in Paris. He traveled extensively through Europe and commemorated his travels by painting what he saw along the way. Lebourg also taught art in Africa, and there was able to enjoy and explore painting without the pressure or influence of the current French market.

Returning from Africa to France, he was delighted to discover others who, like him, had been struggling “with and against the established, academic art world.” He was an enthusiastic early member of the Impressionists and appeared in their group shows of 1879 and 1880.

Lebourg exhibited regularly throughout France and in Britain. Essentially a landscape artist, he continued painting until a stroke left him paralyzed in 1921.

He was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903, and an Officer of the Legion of Honour in 1924.

His works are exhibited in multiple museums including several in Paris as well as in Le Havre, Strasbourg, Rouen, and Marshalltown, Iowa.

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