THÉOPHILE MARIE FRANÇOIS LYBAERT
1848 - 1927
signed Théophiele Lybaert (lower left)
black chalk on paper
33 by 22⅞ in.
83.8 by 58.1 cm
Black chalk on paper laid down on canvas that has been attached to a strainer, resulting in bumping and associated tears in all four corners. The surface presents well overall. The paper is covered with a fixative that is unevenly matte amd also slightly yellowed. There are a few minor paper faults, one in the form of a 3 inch horizontal crease visible at lower left. There are additional minor pin dot discolorations scattered throughout.
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Private Collection, Belgium
Théophile Lybaert was described by his contemporaries as a "modern Memling" (The Strand Magazine, London, August 1906, vol. XXXII, p. 143). At the time of Lybaert’s artistic development, Belgian historical-realist painters found inspiration in the Pre-Raphaelites, and, like their English counterparts, used realism to faithfully recreate their Medieval subjects in narrative compositions of a moralizing nature. The son of a heraldic painter, which likely inspired the coat of arms depicted so meticulously in the present work, Lybaert experienced success during his lifetime with exhibitions in his native country as well as at the Royal Academy in London.