Continuation (and End) of Drawing Exhibitions in Paris

17/4/13 - Art market - Paris - We end our review of exhibitions in Paris organized around the Salon du Dessin on a late note since, their number having increased significantly this year, it took us more time to see them all.

1. Louis Belanger (1756-1816)
View of a pavillion at Bagatelle
Galerie Didier Aaron
Photo : Galerie Didier Aaron

2. Louis-Gabriel Moreau (1740-1806)
View of the Garden at Bagatelle with the
Waterfall Bridge and the Ermitage

Galerie Didier Aaron
Photo : Galerie Didier Aaron

3. Louis Cretey (1630/1635 or 1637-after 1702)
The Crucifixion of Saint Peter
Grey Wash, White Gouache - 34.5 x 32 cm
Galerie Nathalie Motte Masselink
Photo : Galerie Nathalie Motte Masselink

Before crossing the river to the left bank, we would point out yet another, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, at the Galerie Aaron which is presenting only an ensemble of four gouaches but which are truly exceptional as these are four views of Bagatelle, the only known representations of this château (they were engraved) that are not architectural plans or elevations.
Two were produced by Louis Belanger (ill. 1), the other two by Louis Gabriel Moreau (ill. 2). Not only are they remarkable in quality and condition, they also have their original frames. These are without a doubt heritage works but have nevertheless obtained an export certificate.
We should also point out the exhibition (without a catalogue) presented by the art dealers specialized in sculpture, Trebosc & van Lelyveld, in association with David and Constance Yates but which we cannot comment on as we were not able to see it.

Dealers specialized in drawings located in the Carré Rive Gauche also organized hangs (we exclude here the 20th century). The one at the Galerie Nathalie Motte Masselinck closes on Friday, so there is still time to see it. It offers notably a spectacular drawing by Michel François Dandré Bardon, one of the rare traces of a décor which is lost today and which ornated the Salle des Etats Généraux de Provence, today the Salle du Conseil at City Hall. There is also a valuable addition to our knowledge of drawings by Louis Cretey (ill. 3), who was highlighted, thus a first step in his rediscovery, during a retrospective at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon. The style of this Crucifixion of Saint Peter is coherent with that of some of the sheets exhibited there and also with the information we have on the painter, though it is not directly preparatory for any known painting. All of this is explained in the catalogue which appears for the occasion.

4. Godfried Maes (1649-1700)
La visite d’Apollon à la forge de Vulcain
Black Chalk, Pen and Black Ink,
Grey and Brown Wash - 18 x 24 cm
F. Baulme Fine Arts
Photo : F. Baulme Fine Arts

The exhibition offered by Franck Baulme in Xavier Seydoux’s gallery closed yesterday, but the ensemble of eighteen drawings by Godfried Maes (ill. 4) which is available for sale can also be seen at the upcoming fair, Grand Palais du Salon des Livres Anciens, de l’Estampe et des Dessins Anciens ( from 26 to 28 April).
This native of Antwerp produced 83 drawings in all for Ovid’s Metamorphoses which he turned over to his fellow artist Jacob de Wit in 1717 ; part of them were used to illustrate an edition of this work which was published in 1732, in a translation with comments by Abbé Banier.
Although the ensemble was separated (the Metropolitan Museum owns three sheets, the Fondation Custodia two and the British Museum one), these eighteen pieces of great quality (accompanied by a small catalogue) were brought together by an American collector. We should point out that the dealer prefers to sell them together if he can find the right buyer.

5. Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921)
Maître Pierre in Joan of Arc’s Prison Cell
Pen, Black Ink, Grey and Black Ink,
White Heightenings, Black Chalk - 46.3 x 39.3 cm
Galerie Ratton-Ladrière
Photo : Galerie Ratton-Ladrière

The Ratton Ladrière gallery is also offering several drawings for which it has published a catalogue.
Among the oldest of the master drawings, there is a small sheet by David as well as one of the three known drawings by a Neapolitan artist from the early 18th century, Cristoforo Russo (or Rossi). However, our attention was drawn particularly to two 19th century drawings. The first is a very accomplished drawing by Jean Paul Laurens representing Maître Pierre in Joan of Arc’s Prison Cell (ill. 5) though it was not selected for the illustration. The second is a huge sheet by Jean Delville (1.12 m wide) in charcoal and white chalk, representing Parsifal by the Belgian Symbolist Jean Delville.

6. Hubert Robert (1733-1808)
View of a Palace in Ruins
Pen, Brown Ink, Brown Wash,
Watercolor, Black Chalk - 57.2 x 42.2 cm
Galerie Artesepia
Photo : Galerie Artesepia

We conclude this short tour of the left bank at the Artesepia gallery, rue de Baune which, though it did not publish a catalogue, is showing several very interesting drawings, notably a religious one by Gustave Doré and a View of a Palace in Ruins by Hubert Robert (ill. 6).

Galerie Didier Aaron, 118 rue Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 47 42 47 34. Website.

Trebosc & van Lelyveld Fine Arts, 8 rue des Moulins, 75001 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 74 30 16 19. Website.

Galerie Nathalie Motte Masselinck, 12 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 43 54 99 92. Exhibition until 19 April 2013. Catalogue. Website.

F. Baulme Fine Art. Catalogue. Website.

Galerie Ratton Ladrière, 11 Quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 42 61 29 79. Catalogue.

Galerie Artesepia, 25 rue de Beaune, 75007 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 42 96 29 21. Website.

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 18 avril 2013

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