"Bernard Lamotte’s best works always make me feel like I’m sitting next to the artist while he paints. Conflans Sainte Honorine brings to mind a quick day trip to the small commune north of Paris. Lamotte’s artistic sensitivity transforms the overcast day into one of complex tonality and shifting light. The measured pace of the passing barges sets the tone for the rest of the scene, as silhouetted figures stroll along the banks of the Seine. The subdued palette is complemented by subtle brushwork and energized by the dramatic sweep of the houses along the riverbank. I can imagine as soon as Lamotte finished this piece he packed up his easel and found a small table at a nearby café, satisfied with his output for the day." - Tyler M. Prince, Director of Sales
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Though he spent most of his artistic life in the United States, and was naturalized in 1951, Paris-born Bernard Lamotte always remained thoroughly French. His appearance, accent, and bon vivant approach to life connected him emotionally to his native city, while his New York studio at 3 East 52nd Street, dubbed “le bocal” (the fishbowl), became amagnet for other expatriate French artists, writers and actors during the 1930s and 1940s. The space is now occupied by La Grenouille restaurant, which Lamotte later frequented as a customer, and is adorned with the artist’s charming paintings.
Lamotte continually returned to Paris for his preferred subject matter, distilling with his brush the fleeting moments of everyday life in the quartiers, parks, and cafés of his beloved City of Light. He also ventured beyond the capital’s borders, and in Conflans Sainte Honorine the artist used his characteristic bold brushwork to render the pathways and colorful rooftops of this charming commune found about fifteen miles northwest of Paris. The town’s name came from being located where the Seine and Oise Rivers converged, thus Lamotte’s inclusion of barges and other vessels floating along the River Seine is fitting, considering the important role it played as an inland shipping route.
Estate of the artist
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. BL-144, 1993
To private collection, Boston, Massachusetts, November 1995 to present
1). (in black marker on crossbar) Conflans Saint (sic) Honorin
2). (in red marker on crossbar) N° 16
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. BL-144 (as Etretat)
Bernard Lamotte (1903-1983), Exhibition II, Vose Galleries, Boston, September 27 – December, 1995, illus. p. 2 (as Etretat)