Dambourgez, Edouard

Edouard Dambourgez (French, 1844-1931) Born in 1844 in the village of Pau in the foothills of the Pyrenees in France, Dambourgez later died in Paris in 1931. Dambourgez was a noted genre, landscape and graphic artist. After formal training with Boulanger and Lefebvre at the Ecole dex Beaux Arts, he debuted at the Paris Salon in 1880 and exhibited regularly until 1893. His early work exhibited a strong realist element. Paintings of trades-people and the working class are often featured in the manner of Gilbert, Ribot and Raffaelli. He is recorded as having also exhibited at the Salon d’Automne, Salon des Independants and the Salon des Beaux Arts. In the 1890s, the City of Paris purchased his Marchande de Crème et de fromage aux Halles and at the Salon of 1892 his Criee aux Poissons was a notable success. After joining the Society des Artistes Francais in 1893, his work underwent a profound transformation, moving away from naturalism and becoming primarily impressionist in both theory and application. Besides the many paintings the artist completed of views along the river Seine in Paris, he also journeyed to Venice and Tangiers in search of landscape themes.