Drawing Exhibitions in Paris (3)

7/4/14 - Art market - Paris - The number of exhibitions during the Semaine du Dessin in Paris has grown so much that we were not able to see them all. Thus, on the left bank, the Galerie Ladrière, as well as the Galerie Fabienne Fiacre are showing drawings for the occasion but we have not yet viewed them.

1. Simon Felice Delino (1655-1697)
Décor for the façade of Trinità dei Monti, 1687
Pen, brown ink and grey ink lavis - 62 x 57.5 cm
Galerie Tarantino
Photo : Galerie Tarantino

2. Vincenzo Mariotti (c. 1675-1738)
after Simon Felice Delino (1655-1697)
Public festival for the recovery of Louis XIV, 1687
Etching - 80.4 x 55.3 cm
Galerie Tarantino
Photo : Galerie Tarantino

On the right bank, an exhibition is fortunately continuing until next 28 May, giving everyone ample time to see it. It is presented by the Galerie Tarantino, specialized notably in Italian art from the 16th to the 18th century and entitled Les Fastes du Pouvoir. Dessins et estampes du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle. Visitors will discover mainly, with a few exceptions, drawing projects and engravings representing décors éphémères common in Europe to celebrate royal or princely events (entrance into a city, weddings, births...). These are the only remaining vestiges of festivities whose splendor we can only begin to imagine. The gallery has published a real catalogue with many illustrations and extensive entries, also available on a specific website (which we hope will not be temporary in this case). All of the works are reproduced with accompanying texts, including a rare drawing by Simon Felice Delino (ill. 1), preparatory for a décor on the façade of the church of the Trinità dei Monti for a public festival celebrating the recovery of Louis XIV, with an engraving also presented (ill. 2) : this sheet is not in the catalogue as it was acquired after publication, from the Galerie Paul Prouté which published it in its own catalogue highlighting architectural drawings (see article) !
The Galerie Tarantino has been on the rue Saint Georges for some years now and this section of the 9th arrondissement around the Place Saint George, also known as the Nouvelle Athènes, may become another interesting neighborhood for art galleries dealing in paintings and drawings. In fact, just recently, a gallery with this name ("Nouvelle Athènes"), currently displaying a very fine selection of 19th century drawings and paintings [1], opened rue Chaptal not far from the Galerie Johann Naldi.

3. Gaetano Gandolfi (1734-1802)
The Holy Family with Saint Augustine, 1761
Oil on canvas - 152 x 230 cm
Galerie Maurizio Nobile
Photo : Galerie Maurizio Nobile

In the Fauboug Saint Honoré, at Maurizio Nobile’s, we would like to point out an exhibition of Italian drawings (notably a large Annibale Carracci), without a catalogue, with a remarkable painting - opening a parenthesis here in our review of drawings - for an altarpiece by Gaetano Gandolfi (ill. 3). The artist is not rare but it is unusual to find a large religious canvas such as this one with its original frame, perfectly documented and in excellent condition. Dating from 1761, it was commissioned for a chapel in a country estate of a Bolognese noble before then hanging in his palace.

Finally, we would like to recall that since the recent death of Patrice Bellanger, his gallery, now directed by Catherine Dolin Dolcy, opened at the Galerie Eric Coatalem, while the latter has taken over the former Galerie Cailleux occupied by Patrice Bellanger. For the inauguration of the new premises, he is presenting a painting which used to hang at the Louvre, Nicolas Poussin’s Pan and Syrinx. As our readers may remember, it was returned to its owners after a trial which, alas, has set legal precedence.

Galerie Ratton-Ladrière, 11 quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris. Tel : +33 1 42 61 29 79.

Galerie Fabienne Fiacre, 18 rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris. Tel : +33 6 11 60 67 23.

Galerie Tarantino, 38 rue Saint Georges, 75009 Paris. Tel : +33 1 40 16 42 38. Exhibition until 28 May. Catalogue available. Exhibition website

Galerie La Nouvelle Athènes, 22 rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris. Tel : +33 1 75 57 11 42.

Galerie Johann Naldi, 33 rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris. Tel : +3 70 23 72 57.

Galerie Maurizio Nobile, 45 rue de Penthièvre, 75008 Paris. Tel : +33 1 45 63 07 75.

Galerie Eric Coatalem, 93 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris. Tel : +33 1 42 66 17 17.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 7 avril 2014


[1] However, it will be closed from 9 to 14 April with the works on view at the Salon International du livre ancien, du dessin et de l’estampe at the Grand Palais from 11 to 13 April.

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