This animated painting of the St. Lazare Railway Station in Paris is the work of Roger Bertin. Born in Paris, he was a painter of landscapes, urban scenes, and animals. He grew up in Montmartre and while still a child received his first drawing lessons from the painter and critic Max Jacob, who was his godfather. He also studied the art of watercolor with Lucien Dupré and in 1934 enrolled in the Académie Frochot. In 1937, he was elected to the Salon d’Automne and had his first exhibition in New York at the Gallery Demotte. That same year, he also exhibited at the Galerie Charpentier in Paris.
After the Second World War, Bertin traveled and painted in Algeria, Morocco,and the Far East. In 1947, he won the Paquement Prize for the painting The Cockfight which today is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art of Paris. In 1955 he was awarded the Othon Friesz Prize. He took part in many exhibitions in Paris, and his work was shown in galleries in Cannes, Monaco, Berlin, New York, Geneva, Munich, and elsewhere. In addition to the painting in the Museum of Modern Art of Paris, his work is found in museums in San Francisco, Philadelphia, San Diego, Dakar and Senegal.
Roger Bertin 1915-2003
Gare St. Lazare
Oil on canvas
Signed, lower right: “Roger Bertin” and inscribed: “La Gare St. Lazare”
Provenance: Private collection, New York
Canvas size: 25½ X 32 inches
Frame size: 43 X 36 7⅞ inches
In original unlined condition. One very minor repair, lower left
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