The LetterOil on canvas
19 ½ by 10 ¾ in. W/frame 30 by 21 ¼ in.
Signed & dated 1880 lower left
Inventory Number: Art L82
See Artist Bio below.
Théophile Marie Francoise Lybaert was born in Ghent where he initially studied at the Beaux-Art Academy under the Belgian history painter Theodor Cannell. In 1878 he went to Paris to study under the great Orientalist artist Jean-Léon Gérôme and on his return to Ghent he first became a noted painter of Oriental subjects. He later concentrated on paintings with subjects derived from religious and Flemish history.