An original pencil and watercolor drawing, titled on the reverse possibly in the artist's hand "L'entree des Tuileries a Paris", signed at lower right by the well-known, widely honored and sought after artist, ANDRE HAMBOURG (1909-1999). The drawing, of the famous Tuileries gardens in central Paris, measures 5 1/2" by 8" inside the mat opening. It is nicely framed in gold leaf (12 1/2" by 15") with hand-drawn mat lines. The work likely dates to the 1960's through 1980's. Hambourg was born in Paris. By 1928, exposed to the rich and heady art scene of the time in famous Montparnasse, he had already had his first one man show. Zbrowski, the dealer for Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine, introduced him to Henri Benezit. Andre Derain, Othon Friesz and Moise Kisling encouraged the young artist, who was also beginning to exhibit at the Paris Salons before 1930. Through the 1930's, Hambourg continued to absorb the Paris art scene. By the late 1930's the young artist was in North Africa, taking in the novelty of the intense light to be found there. The war disrupted his ascent somewhat as it did for many artists. After the end of the war, he worked for a time as a journalist, painting in Morocco and Algiers while there. Many national awards came his way in the 1950's and 1960's, and true commercial success followed shortly thereafter. The artist began to travel more extensively---through the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean in the 1960's, and to more far flung destinations in the 1970's, including the United States. When the prestigious Wally Findlay Galleries began to offer his work in 1972, the exposure led to tremendous demand for his output. He was firmly entrenched now as a Post-Impressionist of the highest levels, a national treasure, dubbed by some the successor to Eugene Boudin. Hambourg's luminous oil works, including marines of his beloved Normandy, beach scenes, scenes of Venice, still life and landscapes commonly sell from $25,000 to $50,000 at major auctions. The drawing is in excellent condition. The reference number 27012 on reverse may or may not be of significance.
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