Drawing Exhibitions in Paris (2)

31/3/14 - Art market - Paris - Alexis Bordes’ new location on rue de la Paix reflects the growing trend initiated with the opening of the Galerie Marty de Cambiaire at Place Vendôme : this very elegant neighborhood in the first arrondissement is becoming a vital stopover when visiting the old master market in Paris. Several exhibitions, with catalogue, are in fact currently being held there.

1. Mattia Preti (1613-1699)
Studies of figures for a ceiling (front)
Sanguine and sanguine lavis - 22.8 x 19.8 cm
Marty de Cambiaire Fine Art
Photo : Party de Cambiaire Fine Art

2. Filippo Falciatore (known from 1718 to 1768)
Tereus Chasing Procne and Philomela
Pen and brown ink, grey and blue lavis,
black chalk - 38.5 x 45.5 cm
Marty de Cambiaire Fine Art
Photo : Party de Cambiaire Fine Art

The first one, at Emmanuel and Laurie Marty de Cambiare’s, is the result of several years’ work during which the two dealers assembled an exceptional selection of Neapolitan drawings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Accompanied by a beautiful and very well documented catalogue, this exhibition is simply on a par with that of any museum. Mattia Preti (ill. 1), Salvator Rosa, Luca Giordano, Francesco Solimena : some of the greatest names are represented here, alongside more rare artists such as Andrea Malincolnico whose drawing here, preparatory for a known painting, is in fact the only known one by him. Other drawings are particularly striking, for instance the pair of gouaches by Francesco Celebrano (Ariadne on Naxos and The Wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne) as well as Tereus Chasing Procne and Philomela by Filippo Falciatore (ill. 2).

3. Tanzio da Varallo (1575 or 1580 - 1632/1633)
Study of drapery and two hands in prayer
Sanguine and white chalk - 18.8 x 13 cm
Nicolas Schwed
Photo : OMD Sarl

4. Théodore Géricault (1791-1824)
Study for Le Radeau de la Méduse
Reed and brown ink, heightened with white
gouache - 22.8 x 16.5 cm
Nicolas Schwed
Photo : OMD Sarl

The offices of Etienne Bréton, who associated himself with Nicolas Schwed a few years ago, are of course always important for those exploring the art market in the French capital. Nicolas Schwed is presenting, until 11 April, a beautiful ensemble of old master and 19th century drawings, accompanied by a catalogue. There is notably a very beautiful sheet by Tanzio da Varallo (ill. 3) preparatory for a fresco representing Christ in Glory between the Virgin and Saint Gaudentius from the church of Saint Gaudenzio in Novara. Among the other old master drawings, we should also point out a Rest during the Flight into Egypt by Abraham Bloemaert and the 19th century is equally well represented with a fine and very interesting study by Géricault for the Radeau de la Méduse (ill. 4).

5. François Boucher (1825-1901)
Female nude in profile
Black chalk, sanguine,
heightened with white chalk, pastel - 22 x 33 cm
Galerie Alexis Bordes
Photo : Galerie Alexis Bordes

6. François-Nicolas Chifflart (1825-1901)
Bust of a Woman
Charcoal, stump and heightened with white - 47 x 36.5 cm
Galerie Alexis Bordes
Photo : Galerie Alexis Bordes

As mentioned above in our introduction, Alexis Bordes has moved from the Drouot neighborhood to the rue de la Paix, into much larger premises. For the inauguration, he presented a remarkable exhibition accompanied by a very beautiful catalogue. In the old master drawings, we noticed several by Boucher including a large sheet representing a female nude and two putti (ill. 5). We should also point out a rare pastel by Hubert Drouais (the father of François-Hubert and grandfather of Jean-Germain), and several superb drawings by Pauline Auzou.
Among the 19th century works, besides a Géricault (A Groom Currying a Horse), we reproduce here a remarkable sheet by a much lesser known artist : François-Nicolas Chifflart, a student of Léon Cogniet and Grand Prix de Rome in 1851 (ill. 6).
We conclude our tour of this neighborhood by mentioning that the Galerie Terrades exhibited at the Salon du Dessin (see our article) and that the sculpture specialists Trebosc & Lelyveld are showing until 4 April drawings by sculptors.

Marty de Cambiaire Fine Art, 16 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris. Tel : +33 1 49 26 05 01. Exhibition until 10 April 2014. Catalogue. Website (online catalogue).

Nicolas Schwed, 346 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, 2nd floor. Tel : +33 1 44 77 98 90. Exhibition until 11 April. Catalogue.

Galerie Alexis Bordes, 4 rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris. Tel : +33 1 47 70 43 30. Exhibition until 15 April. Website (online catalogue).

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

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Didier Rykner, lundi 31 mars 2014

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