André Hambourg

(1909 - 1999)

André Hambourg was a French Impressionist, whose numerous works have earned international acclaim. His romantic compositions of Venice, luminous seascapes, and charming beach scenes, are synonymous with the highest standards of French painting.

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André Hambourg was a French Impressionist, whose numerous works have earned international acclaim. His romantic compositions of Venice, luminous seascapes, and charming beach scenes, are synonymous with the highest standards of French painting.

Born in Paris in 1909, Hambourg had his first solo exhibition in 1928 while still immersed in his academic studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. By 1931, he was a member of the Salon de l’Art Français Indépendant and the Salon de l’Oeuvre Unique, and enjoying unusual success for such a young painter.

As a result of winning his first award (the Prix de la Villa Abd-el-Tif) in 1933, Hambourg was able to travel to North Africa where he spent several years working, inspired by the strong light and exotic locations.

The outbreak of war interrupted his artistic career, and he was mobilised as a military reporter, and then war correspondent, resulting in the award of the Croix de Guerre. After the war, Hambourg became the official artist of the French navy in 1952, and sailed all over the world, giving him the chance to collect source material for paintings and illustrations, and becoming a lasting influence on his artwork.

In 1970, Hambourg was sufficiently well-known to be granted a retrospective of five hundred paintings at the Maison de Culture in Bourges, and exhibitions and commissions continued all over the world until his death.

The Normandy coastline remains one of the most collectable subjects of Hambourg’s career.

Today his works can be found in the collections of museums such as the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Musée National de la Marine, and the Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie.