Claude Cambour (1940–)
Claude Cambour has mastered the classic tradition of painting en plein air – which translates to “in the open air” in French – the painting technique made famous by the French Impressionists of painting outdoors to most accurately capture the beauty of natural light, color and shadow. Cambour's vividly colored, tranquil French landscapes have drawn comparisons to such masters at Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who inspired the artist greatly in the youth of his career, and continue to influence his work today.
Cambour was born in 1940 in Normandy, France. His interest in art developed at an early age, and upon returning home following his military service, Cambour moved to Paris to develop and strengthen his painting technique. He studied the work of the masters – including Monet, Renoir, Pissaro and Sisley – and enrolled in painting courses at the Union des Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Saint-Denis (Union of Plastic Arts of the City of Saint-Denis). It was here that the first public exhibitions of his work were held.
Cambour finds his greatest inspiration in the lush landscapes of Giverny, the same village that Monet painted and called home. Cambour settled in Giverny in 1985, and paints its forests, gardens, paths and ponds in boldly colored, highly realistic detail. His works are collected and exhibited throughout France and around the world.