Rene de Saint-Delis

Honfleur – The Artists – de Saint-Delis, Rene

This page forms part of a series of pages dedicated to the many artists who worked in Honfleur. A full list of all the artists with a link to their works can be found at the bottom of this page.

Rene de Saint-Delis
Rene de Saint-Delis

Movement(s): Impressionism

Rene de Saint-Delis, 1876 – 1958, was a French painter influenced by the Impressionist movement. He was born in the North of France (Pas-de-Calais) and died in Etretat, Normandy.

His father, an army officer, died in 1881 causing his mother to move to Le Havre with her four children. One of his young brothers, Henri de Saint-Delis, also became an artist-painter.

At his high school in Le Havre, his best friend was the now famous painter Othon Friesz. Attending subsequent art schools, he friended the other famous Le Havre painter, Raoul Dufy.

During WWI he was stationed in Etretat as bookkeeper for the hospital where he met his wife, a nurse. He married her and stayed in Etretat.

He travelled a lot to Switzerland to visit his sick brother who was diagnosed with tuberculosis. There, he painted several Swiss landscapes together with his brother.

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1903 - Rene de Saint-Delis - The Port of Honfleur
1903 – Rene de Saint-Delis – The Port of Honfleur
1905 - Rene de Saint-Delis - The Port of Honfleur
1905 – Rene de Saint-Delis – The Port of Honfleur

Rene de Saint-Delis painted mostly in Normandy. These are the places where he painted (a link “” to his works will appear below when published):

Honfleur was (and is) a very picturesque town, so it saw many artists capturing the beauty of this very scenic town. The reason it has so many tourists is obvious…. it’s very pretty. Here are some of the artists that have come to apply their art in the town (a link, symbolized by a ““, to the artist’s works will appear when published. A “*” indicates that the artist did not work directly in Honfleur but instead worked outside of Honfleur in a nearby town).

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