French Harbour

by Emile Laborne


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 10.8 x 15 inches (27.4 x 38.1 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Emile Laborne’ (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas



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    French Harbour, was painted by Émile Laborne, an artist of the Parisian Impressionist School. The painting shows the harbour of a rural French town on a summer’s day. The picture is from an offshore perspective, making it seem as though the viewer is sitting on a boat at sea. This painting accurately captures the uniquely clear quality of light and blue water one finds in Southern France.

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    This artist is also known by the alias Edmé-Émile Laborne, and he was a refined painter of cityscapes and landscapes. Laborne was an established artist, and he associated with other contemporary, well-known Impressionist painters such as Monet and Pissarro. He also exhibited consistently at the Salon of French Artists from 1865 to 1913 and his work was very well received commercially. During Laborne’s time, the Impressionist painters such as Monet were challenging the traditional ideas held by the Academy. The Impressionists believed there was honour in painting everyday scenes and quiet landscapes, whereas their predecessors had seen this genre of painting as a lesser art to, for example, History Painting.


    Whilst Laborne’s paintings are undoubtedly Impressionist in style and technique, his work is set apart from others by its exceptionally descriptive effect. Laborne was a lifelong student of the Marianist Society (The Society of Mary), one of the only Roman-Catholic Societies that survived the anti-clerical persecution during the French Revolution in the late Eighteenth Century.

    Examples of his work can be found in the Louvre and the Musée D’Orsay in Paris.

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