Lamotte traveled extensively and carefully recorded his observances in sketches and photographs, which provided the bases for his canvases. His mastery of light and sensitivity to subtle gradations of tone created indelible impressions of a particular time and place, capturing the mood and spirit of his subject in an evocative, personal style. He found inspiration everywhere, from the winding streets, busy waterways and intimate bistros of Paris to the wharves and sandy beaches of the French coast and greater Europe. He also created a number of interiors and still lifes, such as Iris Bouquet, rendered with his characteristic bold brushwork and inherent eye for color harmony and composition
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Estate of the artist
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. BL-165, 1995
To private collection, Naples, Florida, July 1996 to present
(in pencil verso of board) IRIS BOUQUET
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. BL-165
Bernard Lamotte (1903-1983), Exhibition II, Vose Galleries, Boston, September 27 – December, 1995, illus. page 8