The central challenge of history painting lay in selecting a particular subject that could engage the heart and instruct the mind. Grand settings and symbolic accessories proved the artist’s grasp of perspective depth and still-life draftsmanship. Compositions and color schemes had to be carefully conceived to accentuate the principal characters and to clarify the meanings of the incidents. National Gallery
01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 20 - With Footnotes
Andre Hambourg, 1909-1999 (French)
Dans les Jardins du Luxembourg, 1961
oil on canvas
h:20 w: 50 cm.
Le Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Garden, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace. The garden today is owned by the French Senate, which meets in the Palace. It covers 23 hectares and is known for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, model sailboats on its circular basin, and picturesque Medici Fountain, built in 1620. More on Le Jardin du Luxembourg
André Hambourg (5 May 1909 - 4 December 1999) was
a French impressionist, whose numerous works have earned international acclaim.
His romantic compositions of Venice, luminous seascapes, and charming beach
scenes, are synonymous with the highest standards of French painting.
André Hambourg was born in Paris on 5 May 1909. Entering the Ecole
Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in 1926, he studied sculpture under
Paul Niclausse for four years. The young artist then entered the studio of
Lucien Simon at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. While in the
middle of his academic studies, Hambourg had his debut solo exhibition at the
Galerie Taureau in Paris in 1928. He was only 19 years old at the time. Because
of the early recognition of his talent, Hambourg became active in the important
Paris salons in the first stages of his developing career. In 1931, he was made
a member of the Salon de l’Art Français Indépendant and the Salon de l’Oeuvre
Unique. More on André
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