TOM ROOTH FINE ART WILL BE HOLDING A SOLO EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY ELIE LAMBERT AT

THE OPEN ART FAIR (18 - 24 MARCH 2020).

Please email info@tomrooth.com for further details, or to register interest.

 

The first time that an example of Elie Lambert’s work was consigned to Christie’s, it was given the prestigious back cover of a sale catalogue - a rare  occurrence for a name and hand that had yet to be tested on the open market. Indeed, as none of the auction house specialists knew of the enigmatic artist, the decision was made on the strength of the image and quality of the work alone. It was a commercially astute call: the picture made over twice the top estimate.

 

Like the personality of the artist, Elie Lambert’s canvases are large and colourful. They are also unique, mesmerising, highly recognisable, and endowed with the power to lift the spirits of any viewer - as great art so often does. Sold in the Sporting Art Sales at Christie’s, Elie Lambert and Sir Alfred Munnings have been the two key painters in the category whose prices have noticeably risen in the past 12 years, since Elie’s work was first offered at auction.

 

On the surface, little visual connection is apparent between the two, except a shared love and understanding of horses, and a passion for racing. However, the two hands share some central qualities, that elevate them above the realms of the average, thrusting them towards the great names of art history.

 

Firstly, works by Lambert and Munnings are highly recognisable. From Picasso to Warhol, Constable to Rubens, and Hockney to Monet, the greatest - and most commercially successful - artists produced works that are highly distinctive and recognisable.

 

Secondly, both painters fall outside the narrow (and often limiting) categorisations that artists can be restrained by: both have a far-reaching appeal that transcends specific markets - in this case ‘sporting art’. Indeed, a key part of their strength is that they appeal to buyers and collectors who have little or no interest in racing or horses, as well as aficionados and weathered enthusiasts. It is revealing to note that buyers with interests in Contemporary, Impressionist, Modern, Old Master and 19th Century art have purchased works by Lambert.

 

As charismatic and vibrant as the artist himself, Elie Lambert’s paintings sit equally well in both traditional and modern interiors, which perhaps gives another answer as to his broad appeal, the growth of his market, and eclectic spectrum of collectors.

 

I hope you enjoy viewing this catalogue, and find the paintings as immersing and captivating as I do. Should you have any questions, or I can be of any assistance whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

 

 

Tom Rooth 

Director

AN ARTIST'S LIFE

Elie Lambert was born in Brussels on 25 April 1949. His mother managed a brasserie with his stepfather, a light-weight boxing champion.

 

Educated at the Charles Bulls High School, Boitsfort, to the frustration of his teachers Lambert spent more time drawing and painting at the Brussels Art Academy, and training and riding bloodstock on the racecourses of Boitsfort, Groenendael and Sterrebeek, than studying in the classroom. 

 

Learning to ride at very early age, Elie was drawn to horses, and introduced to the racing world and Belgian jockey club (along with Baron Crahay) by the Vicomtesse d’Hendecourt.

 

After a brief spell in the Navy, he travelled the world, ending up working in Washington DC as a horse trainer. It was here that Elie’s 28 year career as a racing journalist for the Paris Turf commenced, after a chance meeting with Jean Fagu, the publications chief editor.

 

Elie has lived in Newmarket, Chantilly and Deauville, and now resides in Bonneville, near the stud farm of Baron Edouard de Rothschild, the Haras de Meautry.

 

A great admirer of Jack Butler Yeats and Pablo Picasso, Elie’s artistic output has been prolific - he has produced art throughout his life, and has never been far from paintbrushes and a sketchpad. Since 2006 his works have been sold at Christie’s, and have become increasingly sought after and prominent on the art market.

To view the online Elie Lambert catalogue, please click here.

Elie Lambert (b.1949)

La pharisia nue, Antibes

oil on canvas

19 3/4 x 35 1/2 in. (49.5 x 90.2 cm.)

£9500

Elie Lambert (b.1949)

Vers le depart, Deauville, Clairefontaine

oil on canvas

100 x 150 cm. (39 3.8 x 59 1/8 in.)

£14500

Please see below for works by Elie Lambert.

To view the online catalogue, please click here.

cat.1

 

Au départ de la grande course de haies, à Clairefontaine 

oil on canvas

39 ⅜ x 47 ¼ (100 x 120 cm.)  

£13,000

cat. 2

 

Floodlight racing, Deauville

oil on canvas

15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in. (40 x 50 cm.)

£4,200

cat. 3

Brighton

oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 23 3/8 in. (50 x 60 cm.)

£3,800

cat. 4

 

St Cloud Paddock, Paris

oil on canvas

31 ½  x 47 ¼ in. (80 x 120 cm.)

£11,000

cat. 5

 

Jockeys, Windsor

 oil on canvas

19 ⅝  x 39 ⅜ in. (50 x 100 cm.)

£7,500

cat. 6

Cagnes-sur-Mer 

oil on canvas

15 x 17 ¾ in.  (38 x 45 cm.)

£3,000

cat. 7

 

Longchamp

oil on canvas

15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in. (40 x 50 cm.)

£4,200

cat. 8

Derby Day

oil on canvas

39 ⅜ x 59 ⅛ in. (100 x 150 cm.)

£17,500

cat. 9

Royal Ascot,  the old Grandstand

oil on canvas

47 ¼ x 59 ⅛ in. (120 x 150 cm.)

£17,000

cat. 10

Newmarket Heath 

oil on canvas

35 ⅜ x 35 ⅜ in. (90 x 90 cm.)

£7,000

cat. 11

Squeeze for room 

oil on canvas

39 ⅜ x 47 ¼ (100 x 120 cm.) 

£8,000

cat. 12

Through the park of Malmaison

oil on canvas

39 ⅜ x 59 ⅛ in. (100 x 150 cm.)

£14,000

cat. 13

Au canter sur la fibrée, Cagnes-sur-Mer

oil on canvas
19 5/8 x 39 3/8 in. (50 x 100 cm.)

£5,000

cat. 14

The Chester Vase

oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 47 1/4 (100 x 120 cm.)

£11,000

cat. 15

Floodlight racing

oil on canvas
23 ⅝ x 31 ½ in. (60 x 80 cm.)

£12,000

cat. 16

Epsom - gathering to the start

oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 47 1/4 (100 x 120 cm.)

£9,000

cat. 17

Windsor

oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 (100 x 100 cm.)

£7,000

cat. 18

Ksar Said, Tunis, Prix du President Bourguiba

oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 47 1/4 in. (65 x 120 cm.)

£7,500

cat. 19

Epsom

oil on canvas
19 5/8 x 23 5/8 in. (50 x 60 cm.)

£3,800

cat. 20

Cagnes-sur-Mer

oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 63 in. (100 x 160 cm.)

£14,000

cat. 21

The balcony, Ascot

oil on canvas
31 1/2 x 39 3/8 in. (80 x 100 cm.)

£8,500

cat. 22

Au canter sur la fibrée, Cagnes-sur-Mer

oil on canvas
19 5/8 x 39 3/8 in. (50 x 100 cm.)

£5,000

cat. 23

The BallydoyleThree, l’Arc deTriomphe à Chantilly

oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 59 1/8 in.(100 x 150 cm.)

£14,000