Art: Conductor with a Brush

Though he has lived in the U.S. for 13 years, birdlike Bernard Lamotte must still go back to Paris to find the scenes he most likes to paint. Last week, the results of his latest visit hung in a Los Angeles gallery. Hollywood's well-heeled art lovers (including Designer Adrian and wife Janet Gaynor, Artur Rubinstein, Fanny Brice, Producer Buddy de Sylva) turned out in strength.

On the walls, some of Lamotte's paintings were as bright and cheerful as summer chintz; others seemed like twilit windows looking out on the rainswept streets, the darkening alleys,...

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