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André Hambourg

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French 20th century

Born in May 1903 in Paris; died 4 December 1999, in Paris.

Painter. watercolorist, pastelist engraver, lithographer, draughtsman, illustrator, designer.

Figures, scenes with figures, landscapes, seascapes, stilllifes.


Biography :


Andre Hambourg studied sculpture with Niclausse at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs m Paris from 1926 to 1930 He then entered the studio of Lucien Simon at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, before leaving lo work in studios in Montparnasse. In 1931 he visited Normandy and Honfleur. In 1933, Albert Brabo and Jean Launois put him forward for the Villa AbdelTif prize and he then lived in Algeria and Morocco for ten years.

Called up in 1939 in Morocco, he was in 1940. Between 1942 and 194S, under the pseudonym André Hache, he became a reporter and draughtsman for the newspaper of the French army, under Colonel Raoul Salan.

He took part in the liberation of France and in the campaign, was decorated with the Croix de Guerre produced two works about the campaign. Berchtesgaden-Party and d'Alger à Berchtesgaden ( from Algiers to Berchtesgaden), in 1947.

From 1946 he took up career as a painter again, painting portraits, nudes, landscapes. Still-life and compositions, spending much Normandy.

In 1948 he married Nicole Rachet, the daughter of Eugene Boudin's doctor and friend.

From 1961 the Galerie Paul Petrides represented him in France, and the Wally Findlay Gallery represented him in the USA from 1962.

At that time he set up a studio in a Normandy farm and in 1973 he set up another studio in St Remy de Provence, in the middle of an olive grove once painted by Van Gogh.

His large output includes civilisation 37 (1937 Refugees from St Die (1944), Sunday in the Court Yard (1956).

He painted and scenes with people in Paris and Trouville, and Magreb, Jerusalem and Abidjan markets, and also took inspiration from the special light emanating from the large expanses water under the skies of Honfleur, London, Venice and Istanbul.

From 1952, he was the official painter of the Navy and; from 1963 onwards he undertook many voyages, some aboard vessels of the French Navy, to Venice, the Soviet Union, Israël and Britain; to Ivory Coast (1971/1972) to the USA (1973, 1978 and 1979); and to Mexico (1978). He joined round-the-world missions aboard the Commandant Bourdais and Jeanne d'Arc (1983/1985), and visited Venice again in1989.

From these travels he brought back many sketches and preparatory drawings for subsequent paintings and for; use as illustrations in collectors' editions of books.

In 1951, President Vincent Auriol bestowed on him the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion d' Honneur, and in 1950 he was made Officer of the Legion d' Honneur, in 1986 Com­mandeur des Ans et Lettres and Commandeur of the Legion d'Honneur, and in 1996 Grand Officier de l'Ordre National du Merite. He held many other French and foreign distinc­tions.

He was also a lithographer and engraver and, above all, an illustrator of collectors' books, including Georges Du­hamel' La Pierre d' Horeb (la Pierre d'Horeb 1953), M' pling's 77ie fiemm of Imny (1956). Léo Larguier's St Germain des Près (1958, Henri de Regnier's La Vie Vénitienne (Ventiane Life). He also produced mural decorations for ships, and in l972 a mural decoration 195 feet (60 metres) square for the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Other works including mosaic for the Lycée Andre Maurois in Deauville, and the Ecole Hans Christian Andersen and College d'Enseignement Secondaire Charles Mozin in Trouville. From 1929 onwards he participated in the main Paris sa­lons, including the Salon des Tuileries, the Salon des Artistes Independants and the Salon d'Automne, of which he became a member.

He also took part in many national and in­ternational groups in Algiers, Oran, Casablanca, Rabat, London, Brussels .and New York. His work has been shown posthumously in thematic group exhibitions, including Pein­tres Officiels de la Marine (Official Naval Painters) at the Gale­rie St Hubert in Paris in 2003, and Lumineuse Algerie, sous le Regard des Peintres de Marines (18301960) (Luminous Algeria, Through the Eyes of Seascape Painters (1830/1960)] at the Musée National de la Marine in Toulon in 2003.

Encouraged by Derain, Kisling, Friesz and Favory, he gave his first solo exhibition in Paris in 1928, at the Galerie du Taureau. Subsequently, many exhibitions of his work were held, including in Beverly Hills and New York in 1976, Palm Beach and Beverly Hills in 1978, Chicago in 1979, Dessins de Venice (Drawings of Venice) at the Galerie Varine Gincourt in Paris in 1979, Livres Illustres (Illustrated Books) at the mu­seum in Vire in 1981, Bonjour New York (Bonjour New York) at the Wally Findlay Gallery in New York in 1985, Presence d'Andre Hambourg (The Presence of Andre Hambourg) at the Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l'Eau in Paris in 1986, Andre Hambourg en Côte Venice) at the Gale­rie Apeste guy in Deauville in 1989 and at the Galerie Ap: este guy in Deauville in 1995. Retrospectives of his work Were held in Trouville in 1964 and 1973, at the Maison de la Culture in Bourges in 1970, at the Musée d'Amibes in 1974, fat the Musée de la Marine in Paris in 1977, in Trouville at the . inauguration of the Salle Hambourg in the museum in 1979,in Honfleur at the inauguration of the section dedicated to he Hambourg Rachet endowment in memory of their son Pierre, who died in 1980, at the Musée Eugene Boudin in ,988, at an exhibition of 65 works of 19261988 at the salon of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1989, an Exhibition of his St Remy work in 1942/1990 and Illustrated looks at the museum and municipal library in St Remy de provence in 1991, an exhibition of works from 1926 /1991 at the Galerie Etienne Sassi in Paris in 1991, Andre Hambourg, Oeuvres des Collections du Musée (Andre Hambourg, Works from the Museum Collection) in Trouville in 1995, and Peintures Dessins de 1947 à 1995 (Paintings and Drawings from 1947 to 1995) at the Musee de la Marine de Seine in Caudebec-en-Caux. A posthumous exhibition, Andre Hambourg: « la Vie au Grand Air (Andre Hambourg: Life in the Open Air), was held at the Musée Olympiade in Lausanne in 2001.


(Source: Benezit)

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