Jacques Lambrecht

Bruges 08.01.1842 - Fauvilliers (Luxemburg) 16.05.1903

Jacques Lambrecht and his brother Camille were ex-students of Guido Gezelle at the minor seminary in Roeselare. Jacques was one of Gezelle’s confessants, corresponded with Gezelle and was good friends with Van Oye. Gezelle is said to have written a poem on the occasion of his departure.
Jacques Lambrecht was particularly active in printing business. In 1864 he and his brother Camille became partners in Edward Gailliard’s publishing house, where Gezelle's magazine Rond den Heerd (By the Fireside) was printed. In 1872 he was the cofounder of the Brugean branch of the Willemsfonds. He contributed to magazines such as La Plume and De Halletoren. He was a member of the Breidelcommission, just like Julius Sabbe. The bankruptcy of the Dujardin bank marked the end of Gailliard and Co.
Jacques left for Blankenberge where he worked as a printer in the 1870s and 1880s. He also ran the touristic service and became involved in the discussions concerning Bruges seaport. Its inauguration led him to composing a number of festive songs that were published, but also appeared in the Journal de Bruges.
In the early 1890s he settled as a grain merchant at the Komvest in Bruges. In the magazine Kunst (Art) he published poems and linguistic contributions. He came to public attention because of his negative reaction to the erection of a statue for the writer Georges Rodenbach in Bruges.
In 1897-98 he tried to reconnect with Gezelle and in 1901 he published a poetry album entitled Dwerg-gedichtjes (Dwarf Poems). This collection was so experimental that, according to the Flemish author Karel Jonckheere, its sound words could be considered precursory to the "Vijftigers" movement (experimental literary movement in The Netherlands and Flanders in the late 1940s and 1950s). The title refers to Gezelle’s album Kleengedichtjes (Short Poems). Gezelle knew Lambrecht from his days as a teacher at the minor seminar in Roeselare. Some of the poems are dedicated to Gezelle, others to Julius Sabbe and to Eugeen Van Oyen. The album is crammed with ancient words and strange word combinations and exudes a Gezellian atmosphere. He also imitated Gezelle’s poem "Gierzwaluwen" (Swifts).

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