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BIOGRAPHY - André Hambourg (1909 - 1999)

André Hambourg (1909-1999) was a distinguished French painter whose works left an indelible mark on the art world. Born in Paris on May 5, 1909, Hambourg showed an early affinity for drawing, which led him to enroll at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in 1926. He then entered the studio of Lucien Simon at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. His travels influenced his artistic journey, notably through North Africa, where he served as a naval painter during World War II. This period significantly impacted his style, infusing his pieces with vibrant colors and dynamic compositions.

Hambourg's oeuvre, a testament to his artistic innovation, spans various themes, including maritime scenes, landscapes, and cityscapes. His works often depicted serene coastal environments, bustling harbors, and the picturesque views of Paris. The Normandy coast, in particular, served as a recurring subject, reflecting his deep connection to the region. His technique, a unique combination of the elegance of impressionism and a distinct flair, was characterized by fluid brushstrokes and a keen sense of light and atmosphere, inspiring generations of artists.

Throughout his prolific career, Hambourg exhibited extensively in prestigious galleries and salons. In 1948, he married Nicole Rachet, the granddaughter of Eugène Boudin's doctor and friend. His dedication to his craft earned him numerous accolades, including the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1951. In 1986, he was made Commandeur des Arts et Lettres and Commandeur of the Legion of Honor. Finally, in 1996, he became Grand Officier de l'Ordre National du Merite. He was also a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, a testament to his significant contributions to French art.

Hambourg's legacy endures through his evocative paintings, which capture the essence of the places and moments he cherished. His art, celebrated for its emotive power, exquisite use of color, and serene beauty, continues to inspire generations, securing his place among the notable artists of the 20th century. This enduring impact of his art is sure to inspire art enthusiasts and historians alike. He passed away on December 4, 1999.

Le matin, a Deauville - André Hambourg
André Hambourg
(1909 - 1999)
Oil on canvas
24 x 29 inches
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À Trouville an Août - André Hambourg
André Hambourg
(1909 - 1999)
Oil on canvas
10 3/4 x 13 7/8 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse