Fin de Jour - Place St. Marco
Oil on canvas - 10-5/8" x 13-3/4" (27 x 35 cm) /Frame - 20 1/2" x 23 3/4"
During their lifetime few artists attain the international acclaim which has been accorded to André Hambourg, the distinguished laureate of French contemporary art. His paintings hang in more than fifty museums in France and other countries including the Musée National d'Art Moderne and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville. Collectors from all parts of the world have acquired his luminous marine and beach scenes, his poetic compositions of Venice, his landscapes and still lifes - works which brilliantly transcend the art of Impressionism. His name and paintings are synonymous with the highest standards of French art. Having studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs and the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in the studio of Lucien Simon, Parisien born Andre Hambourg became a dedicated painter beginning 1927. During the 1930s, he worked in studios in Montparnasse where he had much exposure to modernist movements and its artists. During World War II, he served as a journalist for France and also did much painting from his extensive travels in that capacity, especially to Morocco and Algiers. Towards the end of the war, he fought for the liberation of France. In 1951, his distinguished reputation as "the grand gentleman of French Post-Impressionism" (Christina) was underscored with his receipt of the Cross of the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. In 1961, he was honored with the Grande Medaille de Vermeil of the City of Paris, a circular medal with an engraving of the city given as recognition of success in fine art. Hambourg also did illustration, worked in the mediums of oils, pastels, watercolors, drawings, lithography, engraving, fresco and ceramics. The piece in our collection is listed in Catalogue raisonne Andre Hambourg.