Chronology: André Hambourg

1909 Birth of André Hambourg in Paris on May 5

1925 Took courses at the School of Decorative Arts in the studio of the sculptor Paul Niclausse

1927 Abandons his classical studies to enter the National School of Fine Arts (Lucien Simon workshop)

1928 First exhibition at the Galerie du Taureau, Paris

1930 Discovery of Brittany and the south of France

1931 Meets Derain

1932 The Zak gallery becomes its dealer in Paris

1933 Winner of the Villa Abd el-Tif Prize, Algiers. Travel to Holland. Settles in Algeria.

1936 Military service in Algeria

1937 - 1938 First stay in Honfleur. Trips to Algeria and Morocco.

1939-1942 Mobilized in Morocco, demobilized in 1940. Travel to metropolitan France then return to Algeria

1943-1945 Writer-cartoonist-reporter at Combattant 43 then Combattant 44. War correspondent, participates in the campaigns of France and Germany with the 1st Army.

Military Cross

1947 First trip to London. Stay in Honfleur then in Saint Rémy de Provence, where he saved the olive grove painted by Van Gogh.   

First sea mission aboard the Richelieu

1948 Meeting in Honfleur then marriage with Nicole Rachet.

1949 First stay in Deauville  
 «  The light of Deauville is not the same as that of Trouville, because the two beaches are exposed differently, one more facing west and the other further south. That's why we don't paint at the same hours". During these first years André Hambourg put his easel on the sand, or like Eugène Boudin, on the dike. He also likes to settle at the Pointe de la Douane, at the end of the peninsula.

1949-1950 Decoration of the “Normandie” suite of the liner Liberté, Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. (CGT)

1951 Knight of the Legion of Honor

1952 Painter approved by the Navy.       

Organizer of the Visual Arts stand at the Kermesse aux Etoiles for the benefit of the 2nd DB & the Maison des Artistes

1954 Birth of his son Pierre Arthur

1955 First stay in Mougins

1957 First stay in Venice.

Decoration on board the liner Ville de Bordeaux (CGT) and decor (380m²) for the "Printemps Normand" gala at the Cannes casino

1960 Raised to the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honor by A. Malraux. Stay in Venice. Retrospective in Deauville: gallery of the peristyle.

1961 Paul Pétridès becomes his merchant for France

Decorative panel of the "Normandy" suite on board the liner France (CGT)

1962 Installation at the "La Thillaye" farm in Englesqueville-en-Auge

1963 Wally Findley becomes his dealer for the USA

1964 Organizes the 1st biennial figurative painting exhibition in Trouville

1965 Private exhibition Deauville at the Wally Findlay gallery in New York

1966 Travel to Morocco and Great Britain.

1967 First trip to Israel

1968 Appointed first artistic advisor of the city of Trouville sur mer. Stay in Venice

1970-1971 Stay in Israel, Moscow, England, Scotland and Ivory Coast

1972 Stay in Ivory Coast and first trip to the United States.

Monumental decoration (60m²) of the Hearing Room of the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg

1975 Stay in Ivory Coast.

Creation of 5 mosaics for three schools in Deauville (Lycée André Maurois) and Trouville (Hans Christian Andersen School and Charles Mozin College).

1976 Installation of a workshop in Saint Rémy de Provence among the olive trees painted by Van Gogh

1978 Long journey in the United States and Mexico

1979 Inauguration of the A. Hamburg room at the Trouville museum following a donation from the artist

Travel to the United States

1980 Death of his son

1981 Invited by the Ministry of Defense to attend the United States bicentennial celebrations in Yorktown and to meet Presidents R. Reagan and F. Mitterrand.

Stay in Venice

1982: Private exhibition Tribute to André Hamburg, Apestéguy gallery in Deauvillle.
André Hambourg is renting cabin 181 for the first time, on the Deauville boards.
He transforms it into an annex to his workshop and goes there every year, winter and summer, for more than 15 years.

1983-1984 Mission aboard Commandant Bourdais and Joan of Arc: Abidjan, Sainte-Hélène, Rio, Fort de France, Les Saintes, Pointe à Pitre, Saint-Barthélemy, Puerto Rico

1984-1985 Mission aboard the Joan of Arc: Papeete, bora-Bora, Nouméa, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Djibouti, Aqaba, Port Saïd, Alexandria, Algiers, Brest

1986 “Statue of Liberty” campaign aboard the Joan of Arc

Promoted to the rank of Commander of Arts and Letters and raised to the rank of Commander of the Legion of Honor by F. Mitterrand

1988 Inauguration at the Eugène Boudin museum in Honfleur of the floor dedicated to the Hamburg - Rachet donation, in memory of their son

1993 Appointed Honorary President of the Fête des Marins in Honfleur

1995: Retrospective exhibition, Apestéguy gallery in Deauvillle.

1997: Private exhibition André Hambourg and his Pays d'Auge, Apestéguy gallery in Deauvillle.
Deauville inspired André Hambourg with more than a hundred paintings.
Today, most of them are in the United States, in private collections.

1999 His friends celebrate his 90th birthday with him in Venice

Death of André Hambourg in Paris on December 4, buried in the Sainte-Catherine cemetery in Honfleur.

2006 Donation to the National Maritime Museum of a collection of maritime-inspired works by Madame Nicole Hambourg, according to her husband's wishes.

2009 Donation to the Court of Justice of the European Communities of all the preparatory drawings for the realization of the 6 large panels adorning the Great Hall of Audience of the Palace.

2011 Donation to the city of Deauville of 538 oils on canvas, more than 1200 drawings by André Hambourg by his wife Nicole Hambourg-Rachet, as well as the couple's collection of works of art comprising more than 800 works (including L . Foujita, Marie Laurencin, M. Utrillo or K. van Dongen)

2012 Exhibition André Hamburg, Centre International de Deauville

2017 Exhibition André Hambourg, Shadow & Light at the Point de Vue of Deauville


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