An exhibition at the Terradès Gallery


1. Pierre-Antoine Demachy (1723-1807)
Architectural Capriccio with the Cour Carré of the Louvre
Oil on maroufled paper on canvas - 41 x 33.5 cm
Paris, Galerie Terrades
Photo : Galerie Terrades

12/12/10 – Art market – Paris, Galerie Terradès – As per tradition, the Terradès Gallery is again offering an exhibition of 19th century paintings this year. The Art Tribune readers will instantly recognize the painting facing them as they walk in. This is the Saint Jerome by Pierre Subleyras we had pointed out here when it resurfaced at Drouot (see news item of 17/5/10). We would like to take this opportunity to emphasize once more the important role played by dealers in re-discovering art works. The work was in fact presented as being only by Subleyras’ circle. Public institutions today rarely purchase an unpublished painting with an uncertain attribution, leaving any risk taking to dealers. This beautiful Saint Jerome, preparatory for a painted altarpiece for Saint Peter’s in Rome which now resides at the Brera Pinacoteca in Milan, can now definitely join the artist’s oeuvre.

Among the other paintings presented by the gallery, there are notably three landscapes of ruins, an imaginary one by Pierre-Antoine Demachy, representing an Architectural Capriccio with the Cour Carré of the Louvre (ill. 1) in the Piranese and Hubert Robert tradition, as well as two companion pieces by François-Marius Granet (ill. 2 and 3) showing views of Roman monuments.


2. François-Marius Granet (1775-1849)
Rome Ruins of the Colosseum, c. 1805
Oil on canvas - 44 X 34 cm
Paris, Galerie Terrades
Photo : Galerie Terrades

3. François-Marius Granet (1775-1849)
The Crypt at San Martino ai Monti, c. 1805
Oil on cnavas - 41 X 33 cm
Paris, Galerie Terrades
Photo : Galerie Terrades


4. Charles Thévenin (1764-1838)
Portrait of an Architect in his Interior, 1809
Oil on canvas - 46 x 62 cm
Paris, Galerie Terrades
Photo : Galerie Terrades

We also point out a particularly refined Portrait of an Architect in his Interior (ill. 4) by Charles Thévenin who takes as much care in evoking the apartment as he does the model himself. Even without the figure, the canvas would still be noteworthy and appears to be one of the first examples of an interior view, a genre which would be developed further all through the 19th century.
The catalogue closes with a Lion Hunt by Jean-Léon Gérôme reminding us that the beautiful retrospective of the artist invites us not far away by crossing the Seine, until 23 January 2011 (see article).

Galerie Terradès, 8 rue d’Alger, 75001 Paris. Tel : 01 40 20 90 51. From 26 November to 21 December 2010.


Didier Rykner, dimanche 12 décembre 2010



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