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André Lhote

Puteaux Group, Section d'Or, Cubism

  • Le Port de Rotterdam

André Lhote

(Bordeaux, 1885 – Paris, 1962)

Le Port de Rotterdam, 1925

Oil on canvas
Signed lower right A. LHOTE.
Annotated on the back of the canvas Hollande and 208 (in a heart)
44 x 56,5 cm

Provenance :
- André Lhote, Paris (The n° 208 in a heart affixed by André Lhote on the back of the canvas corresponds to the artist's personal inventory at the time of his divorce, pronounced in 1944, for the paintings he held dear)
- Galerie Galanis, Paris 
- Private collection, Paris

Exhibition :
André Lhote, Œuvres de 1920 à 1940, Galerie Galanis, Paris, March-April 1957

Literature :
To be included in the Catalogue raisonné of André Lhote's painted work being prepared by Mrs. Dominique Bermann-Martin

Certificate of authenticity by Dominique Bermann-Martin, Paris 15/09/2021


Verso of Port of Rotterdam by André LHOTE

In 1925, André Lhote made a trip to Belgium and Holland. Throughout his life, the painter was fascinated by the theme of seaports, in particular that of Bordeaux, of which he painted many versions. 
In this composition, Lhote offers us a singular interpretation of the port of Rotterdam. In the light of Northern Europe, the artist depicts a scene with a mysterious atmosphere. Everything seems to be in suspense, the intertwined ships become almost abstract, the two shadowy figures seem to be waiting for something, as does the static female figure at the back of the ship in the foreground. The atmosphere of this painting has a quasi-cinematographic dimension that is somewhat reminiscent of the Surrealism of the time.    

Old postcards of Rotterdam

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