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Rico Lebrun
American 20th century
American, (1900–1964)
Rico Lebrun was born on December 10, 1900 in Naples, Italy. He attended technical school and art classes at night, studying the Masters in museums, and assisting fresco painters. He was influenced by both Italian and Spanish art, Naples having been ruled by Spain almost continuously from the mid-16th to the late 18th century. Lebrun immigrated to the United States in 1924 to design stained glass in Springfield, IL. The next year the artist settled in New York City, where he built a successful commercial art practice as a fashion illustrator and advertising artist. By 1930, Lebrun was prosperous, but dissatisfied. He abandoned his business and entered the field of fine arts. After a move to Southern California in 1938, Lebrun taught at the Chouinard Art Institute and then at the Disney Studios, working with animators on the figure of Bambi for the film. In 1935 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his first mural project; in 1942, he exhibited in "Americans 1942" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work appeared in group exhibitions at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum. In 1947, Lebrun became master instructor at the new Jepson Art Institute in Los Angeles. In 1952, the artist left Southern California for Mexico, where he taught at the Institute of San Miguel de Allende. He returned to Los Angeles in 1954. In 1958, Lebrun taught at Yale and the next year served as an artist in residence in Rome. He returned to Southern California in 1960. Lebrun died on May 9, 1964 in Malibu.

Artist Objects

Guitarrero HC.D.1941.39.(I)

Nude Rider on Horse HC.D.1941.38.(I)

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