Born in Paris, Andr Hambourg showed considerable artistic promise from a young age and was enrolled at the cole des Beaux-Arts. Hambourg had his debut solo exhibition at the Galerie Taureau in Paris, aged just nineteen, which was met with great acclaim. Following the Second World War, Hambourg became the official painter to the French Navy, which provided an opportunity to travel to almost every corner of the world. Throughout his travels Hambourg created numerous drawings and studies that would later become the inspirations for his vivid canvases. Hambourg is best known for his romantic compositions of Venice, luminous seascapes and charming beach scenes, painted with an impressionistic brush and expressive colouring. Hambourgs dramatic marine seascapes and delightful beach scenes offer a spontaneous interpretation through the rapid application of vibrant colours. Vast areas of sky often dominate his compositions and his canvases are imbued with a feeling of endless space and time.