A windmill near Rotterdam

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Signed, extensively inscribed and dated ‘A Lebourg Rotterdam 1896’ (lower left) Oil on canvas 39 x 65 cm Painted in 1896. After being noticed by the art collector Laurent Laperlier in Rouen, the city where he did his Fine Art studies, Lebourg accepted a teaching post in Algiers. In 1877, after marrying Marie Guilloux and leaving his job in Algeria, Lebourg moved to Paris where he worked in the workshop of Jean-Paul Laurens from 1878 to 1880. It was at this time that he became acquainted with Impressionism. He participated twice in the Impressionist exhibitions in 1879 and 1880. His works were exhibited by numerous Parisian art dealers like Antonio Mancini in 1896 and Rosenberg in 1903 and 1906. He was a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and took part in almost all the Salons from 1891 to 1914. The most important exhibition devoted to him took place in 1918 in Paris at the Georges Petit Gallery.