Oaks and Blueberry Bushes

Georges Lacombe (French, 1868-1916)

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The dotted brushwork of Neo-Impressionism is well suited to the dappled light of this landscape, where the sunshine is filtered by the oak trees, casting contrasts of light and shadow on the forest floor.

Lacombe was a latecomer to Neo-Impressionism, taking up the style years after the Symbolist painting and sculpture for which he is best known. Influenced by his friend Théo van Rysselberghe, Belgium’s leading Neo-Impressionist, Lacombe worked in this mode from 1905 through 1907.

The site of the landscape is the forest of Écouves in Normandy, where Lacombe moved in 1897, detaching himself from the artistic developments in Paris and Brittany that had colored his earlier career.

By descent to the artist's daughter, Sylvie Mora-Lacombe; {1} (Galerie Urban, Paris, France); acquired by W. J. Holliday [1895-1977], Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1960; {2} bequeathed to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1979 (79.258)

{1} As noted in Joëlle Ansieau, Georges Lacombe 1868-1916: catalogue raisonné, Paris 1998, cat. no. 96 (ill.) Ansieau had sustained contact over many years with the artist’s two daughters: Sylvie [born 1898] and Nigelle [born 1900].
{2} As cited in Ellen Wardwell Lee, The Aura of neo-Impressionism: The W. J. Holliday Collection, Indianapolis, 1983, pp. 120-123 (ill.)

Object Information

Georges Lacombe (French, 1868-1916)
creation date
oil on canvas
21-1/4 x 28-1/2 in.
29 x 36 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
signed l.l.: [G & L design]
inscribed and signed on central vertical strectcher bar: No. 5 Chênes et myrtilles George Lacombe
accession number
credit line
The Holliday Collection
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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