In addition to the paintings created for his own pleasure, Lamotte provided the illustrations for several later publications of celebrated French novels, including Émile Zola’s Nana (1948), Guy de Maupassant’s Bel-Ami (1968), Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way (1954), and the 1955 printing of Alexandre Dumas’ La Dame Aux Camelias (Camille), for which this scene from Chapter VII might have been created. We are conducting further research to determine if this composition was included in the final 1955 publication. Regardless, as an individual artwork it reveals Lamotte’s thorough grasp of the ink medium in rendering the rich, dark forms of the departing crowd rushing to waiting cabs, as well as the subtle gradations of tone of a misty Parisian evening lit by nearby streetlamps.
Please note: this work is matted but unframed
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Gifted to private collection, Danbury, Connecticut, and later Plainfield, New Jersey (mother of current owner), ca. 1980s
By descent to private collection, Springfield, Missouri
(verso of old board, from which painting was removed) Chapitre VII / Page 84 / Va dire au cocher d’attendre à la porte / du café Anglais, dit Marguerite, / nous irons à pied jusque-là (translated: “Go tell the coachman to wait at the door of the English cafe,” said Marguerite,” we will go on foot till then.)
(verso of old board, from which painting was removed) Bernard Lamotte stamp, with initials and star