The painting is a mixed media work, in ink and oil on paperboard, measuring 10" by 15" and 11 1/2" by 17" framed behind glass, which has preserved it well over the years. A number of figures stand by a railing, overlooking the sea and a boat with smoke coming from its stack. Lemaitre was born in Normandy, France and is most closely associated with that area. A museum in the town of Falaise is dedicated to his works, which include landscapes and still life, painted usually in an impressionist manner with often a modern edge. Lemaitre's father died at Verdun during World War I. The son was already exhibiting by age 20. Exposure to works by Cezanne and Vlaminck are said to have influenced his style. Some 4,000 paintings are said to be in existence. This work was evidently framed quite long ago, an old ink inscription on the framing paper giving the title as "Vue Animee du Treport" (view of Treport, a coastal city in far northern France). A framer's sticker, quite faded and old, shows the work was framed in Mulhouse near the German border. This is a lively study of people and seaside life. Condition of the painting is very good, it having been long protected by the glass. The frame is showing some light wear.
Andre Lemaitre (1909- 1995) French impressionist harbor scene oil painting of figures overlooking the sea