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Louis-Alexandre Dubourg


An excellent designer, Dubourg takes reality as purely plastic data. Without miserability or glorification, he represents with a realistic bias his genre scenes of Honfleur life: the characters, often in the foreground of the painting, structure its composition by their dispositions and their movements without bringing out moral feelings. His qualities as a portrait painter and his need to relate to the subject, however, prevent him from releasing his touch like a Jongkind or a Boudin. On the heights of Honfleur, the Saint-Siméon farm, an inn well known to fishermen, became in the mid-XNUMXth century the meeting place for many pre-impressionist and impressionist painters. Louis-Alexandre Dubourg's painting represents this place as an idyllic garden where women of high society come to enjoy the freshness and meet up.