"CHAMBRE A COUCHER"
OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED
23.5 X 26.75
Lamotte’s style is reminiscent of other artists of the School
of Paris, modern with a flare for the romantic. His technique gives
his oil paintings a look and texture of a watercolor.
Lamotte was born and educated in Paris where he beautifully captured
modern day Parisian city life and street scenes. Lamotte had been bedridden
for some time as a child due to an injury and spent his time studying
the color and textures of the cityscape below his window, which would
greatly influence his artistic style and passion.
Lamotte received his formal training at l’École des Beaux-
Arts under Fernand Corman and Lucien Simon. Lamotte’s travels
took him to New York City in 1932, where he would later settle in 1935
and become a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1951. His atelier was located
above La Grenouille restaurant where fellow expatriate French artists
and famed New York personalities congregated in including Greta Garbo,
Charlie Chaplin and Marlene Dietrich. The studio he and his wife shared
became a bohemian haven and was coined Le Bocal (“The Fishbowl”).
While in New York, between travels to Tahiti and Paris, Lamotte received
several mural commissions including and exhibitions including a solo
show at the Wildenstein Gallery within one year of his arrival. Other
exhibits included the Art Institute of Chicago in 1941, the Carstairs
Gallery in New York City annually from 1941 – 1950’s and
a solo show at the Palm Beach Gallery in 1965. Like Pierre Sicard and
Grigory Gluckmann Lamotte was represented by the Dalzell-Hatfield Gallery
in Los Angeles, which had an exhibition in 1975
Lamotte also created a mural for the swimming pool room of the White
House in 1961, which now is preserved in the John F. Kennedy Library
and Museum in Boston. Other commissions include businesses, restaurants
corporations and private collectors. Lamotte was an illustrator as well
and created the the illustrations for Flight to Arras by Antoine de
Sanit-Expuréryand theatre designer as well.
In 1945 there was an illustrated book published on Lamotte titled Bernard
Lamotte, Oil Painting and Brush Drawing, written by Louis Gauthier and
in 1948 he work was reviewed in Time magazine.
Bernard Lamotte died in 1983 and the The Vose Gallery of Boston has since hosted several exhibitions from his estate.