Drawing Exhibitions in Paris (1)

1. Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946)
Seven Women in Black, 1902-1903
Pencil and ink on paper - 25.3 x 37.2 cm
Eric Gillis Fine Art
Photo : Eric Gillis Fine Art

27/3/14 - Art market - Paris - The Salon du Dessin also results in specialized auctions as well as a large number of exhibitions in many Parisian galleries, both large and small. We have not yet seen them all but we will try to evoke them in several articles, beginning with those which close earliest.
The Drouot neighborhood is very active, especially on the rue de la Grange Batelière where the Galerie Laura Pêcheur is showing notably a beautiful Soldier, a watercolor by Théodore Valério which we would have liked to reproduce here but for which we did not receive a photograph [1]. Directly opposite, Matthieu Néouze who is participating at the Salon du Dessin, turned over his gallery for a few days to Eric Gillis, a dealer who recently opened in Brussels. Fans of Symbolist art will not be disappointed as they will find several beautiful works including a very striking drawing by Léon Spilliaert representing Seven Women in Black (ill. 1).
From the rue de la Grange Batelière, visitors can walk through the passage Jouffroy where the Galerie Fabrice Bonasso opened a few months ago and specializes in views of Italy and Neopolitan gouaches from the 18th century.

2. Nicolas Bertin (1667-1752)
Venus Punishing Cupid
Brown ink and brown lavis,
heightened with white gouache - 49 x 39 cm
F. Baulme Fine Arts
Photo : F. Baulme Fine Arts

3. Gustave Doré (1832-1883)
The Great Cemetery under the Sea
Watercolor and gouache, pencil - 38 x 47 cm
Galerie Benoît Choné
Photo : Galerie Benoît Choné

Moving away from Drouot, walking on the rue de Richelieu, one arrives at the rue de Louvois where Hubert Duchemin is displaying only one work, an oil on papier marouflé by Claude Gillot (paintings by this artist are very rare).
A bit further, at the corner of rue de Louvois and rue Sainte Anne, two dealers are sharing a large space for a few days. Franck Baulme is presenting mainly old drawings (and a few paintings), of which we reproduce here a fine drawing by Nicolas Bertin, Venus Punishing Cupid (ill. 2). More specialized in the 19th century, Benoît Choné is displaying several drawings by Gustave Doré including this splendid gouache watercolor (ill. 3) for an illustration of Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Galerie Laura Pêcheur, 16 rue de la Grange Batelière, 75009 Paris. Website, exhibition until 16 April.

Eric Gillis Fine Art (galerie Matthieu Néouze), 16 rue de la Grange Batelière, 75009 Paris.

Galerie Fabrice Bonasso, 53 passage Jouffroy, 75009 Paris, exhibition until 4 April.

Hubert Duchemin, 8 rue du Louvois, 75002 Paris. Website, exhibition until 31 March.

Franck Baulme (website) and Benoît Choné (website), 12 rue de Louvois, 75002 Paris, until 1st April.

4. Théodore Valério (
The Knight
Gouache, lead pencil - 28 x 23 cm
Galerie Laura Pècheur
Photo : Galerie Laura Pècheur

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 27 mars 2014


[1] Addendum 31/3/14 : see here (ill. 4).

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