© Claudine Vazeille
© André Hambourg - City of Deauville collection
© André Hambourg - City of Deauville collection

A painter in love with Normandy

Author of a considerable production estimated at around 12000 works, the marine painter, lithographer, designer and war correspondent André Hambourg developed a figurative art which found many sources of inspiration along the Côte Fleurie. André Hambourg's life seems to merge with the 1909th century. Born in 1933 in Paris, he painted the streets from his youth. Very young, he traveled a lot and brought back from his stays many preparatory drawings following his studies at the National School of Fine Arts. He participated in various Salons very early, before winning the Abd-el-tif prize in XNUMX which offered him his first stay in Algeria where he remained until the war years.
He was appointed war correspondent in January 1945, then official painter of the Navy in 1952, during which time he shared his life between his favorite subjects: the Normandy coast and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. These stays brought him a taste for light which gave him a more personal, more lively design, unless it was the practice of sketching during the War. From the end of the 40s, he felt the desire to represent the others in a somewhat disorderly agitation which only the painter knew how to restore.
André Hambourg from 1947 and 1948 had the opportunity, even before his official appointment as a painter of the Navy, to embark on the Richelieu and sail the Mediterranean. He also worked aboard the De Grasse in 1963 and the Colbert in 1966 in the eastern Mediterranean. Two campaigns aboard the Jeanne d'Arc helicopter carrier and its Commander Bourdais in 1983-84 then 1985-86 enabled him to travel around the world. Finally, to celebrate the centenary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, the Jeanne and the Boudais crossed the Atlantic to participate in the celebrations in New York, with André Hamburg on board.
In 1982 the painter rented cabin 181 on the boards of Deauville, in which he came to observe and paint the popular Deauville "away from the worldly bustle, in a quiet place". Indeed, since his first stay in 1949, André HAMBOURG liked to settle on the sand or on the dyke to paint the Light of Deauville or Trouville. In 1965, he even organized a special Deauville exhibition at the Wally Findlay gallery in New York.
1937: First stay in Honfleur.
1947: Stay in Honfleur then in Saint Rémy de Provence, where he saves the fields of olive trees painted by Van Gogh. First sea mission aboard the Richelieu
thanks to Bizette-Lindet.
1976: Normandy, creation of 5 mosaics for three schools in Deauville and Trouville.
1979: Inauguration of the Hamburg room at the Trouville museum following a donation from the artist.
1988: Inauguration at the Eugène Boudin museum in Honfleur of the floor devoted to the Hamburg - Rachet donation
2009: On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death, Philippe Augier, Mayor of Deauville unveils a plaque in homage to the painter on booth 181, which has become "Cabin André Hambourg".
2011: Wishing to ensure the conservation, durability and enhancement of her husband's works, Nicole Hambourg bequeaths to the City of Deauville 538 oils on canvas by her husband, painted between 1925 and 1999. By receiving this donation, the City of Deauville is committed to opening a museum in Deauville for the conservation and permanent and temporary exhibition of works.The André Hambourg Museum will be set up within the Franciscans, a future place of conviviality and culture, the opening of which is scheduled. in 2019.
2012: A first exhibition is organized at the Center International de Deauville with a hundred works.
2017: André Hambourg, Shadow & Light exhibition at the Point de Vue de Deauville

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