Autumn: The Chestnut Gatherers
Georges Lacombe (French, 1868-1916)
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Like Sérusier, Vuillard, and Denis, Lacombe was a member of the Nabi brotherhood, a group of artists who drew inspiration from Gauguin and the Synthetists, producing pictures organized around the abstract principles of pattern, color, and surface. This large canvas was meant to represent autumn in a never-completed suite of the seasons destined for the home of the artist’s mother-in-law. The repeating pattern of fallen chestnuts and golden leaves creates an almost musical rhythm, complemented by the dance-like movements of the gatherers, arranged in a graceful frieze. The Nabis increasingly regarded large-scale decorative painting as the highest calling of art.


  • Artist Name: Georges Lacombe (French, 1868-1916)
  • Title: Autumn: The Chestnut Gatherers
  • Date: 1894
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 60-1/8 x 93-1/8 in. (152.7 x 236.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1979.35.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

Gabrielle Questroy Wenger (Lacombe’s future mother-in-law), Versailles, 1894;
Lucien Besnard (d. 1955), Aleçon, by inheritance to;
Mme. Sanlaville (née Besnard);
Mmes. Sylvie Mora and Maldan-Lacombe by 1966.
[Oscar Ghez/Modern Art Foundation, Geneva, by 1966 (sale, London, Sotheby’s, 4 July 1979, lot 231, ill., as Les Ramasseuses de Marrons, to)];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

Les indépendants à Belle Epoque. Rétrospective 1895-1901

  • Paris, 1966 to 1966

60 Maîtres de Montmartre à Monparnasse, de Renoir à Chagall

  • Paris, Musée Galliera, 1966 to 1966

L'Aube du XXe siècle de Renoir a Chagall

  • Geneva, Petit Palais, 1968 to 1968

Gustave Moreau et le Symbolisme

  • Geneva, Petit Palais, 1977 to 1977

The Nabis

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1992-09-24 to 1993-07-18

Reinstallation of South Wing

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-10-07 to 1995-08-13
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  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 170
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