Born in Senlis, France in 1884, post-impressionist artist William Malherbe was influenced by painters Renoir and Bonnard. Malherbe was commissioned by the French government to contribute World War I poster designs, including “Et la Victoire est A Nous” in 1918. In 1925, Malherbe illustrated Goncourt’s prize-winning war memoir La Flame du Poing, and in the 1930s exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris. In 1939, he emigrated to the United States where he found success exhibiting his work at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. The artist lived in New York City and later moved to a farm in Thetford, Vermont and spent his summers painting the busy harbor life in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Malherbe returned to France in 1948.
Malherbe’s works are held in the permanent collection of the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, among others.