For many of you that have gone around Jávea on my Jávea Walk, we pop into a palace named Casa Lambert, which was preserved as an arts school and community artist exhibition space by the family of the French-Swiss painter, André Lambert.

So, who was Lambert and why was he so involved with the cultural life of Jávea?

Report by Karla Darocas (KarlaDarocas.com)

André Lambert Jordán (1884-1967) was a watercolorist, painter, engraver and Swiss-French architect who lived a large part of his life in Javea. For Lambert, Jávea was a gold mine of interest and he made many art works about the place from historical buildings to the unique landscape.

André Lambert was born in Switzerland on March 17, 1884, where he studied architecture at the School of Advanced Technical Studies in Munich. Later he went on to study Fine Arts in the Bavarian capital and it was these studies that ended him in Paris around 1908.

André established his first studio in Montparnasse, later moving to the Ile St. Louis.

In the French capital he surrounded himself with a select group of intellectuals, poets and artists.

Inclined towards graphic work, he began to illustrate books around 1912. He also collaborated with the magazine Simplicissimus, a weekly satirical magazine written in German founded by Albert Langen in April 1896 and published until 1967.

In 1919 Paris, he founded the Latin magazine Janus in collaboration with Georges Aubault, and was a contributor to the magazine Vita Latina, published in Avignon.

In 1912, he traveled to Spain for the first time, discovering and studying the gypsy types and customs.

After marrying his wife, Raquel, he settled in "Cala Blanca" area of Jávea, where his house still stands to this day. André repopulated his land and surrounding area with ​​white pines and rebuilt a ruin into a villa that followed the architectural typology of the region. Neighbours started to call the area the "Cala del Francés", due to this reformation.

Lambert made many watercolors and engravings of the urban center and rural environment around  Jávea. The artist always felt very linked to Jávea, both artistically and emotionally.

André Lambert died in Paris on November 24, 1967, his remains being cremated and moved to Jávea, where they were buried under the pines, in the "Cala Blanca".

The paintings and engravings of Lambert are characterized by their refined modernist style, where  certain symbolist influences have a great inclination, especially in the line of Greco-Roman classicism, which was popular with the bourgeoisie of the time period.