Exhibition of 16th to 19th century French works at the Terradès Gallery

Etienne Martellange (c. 1540-1603)
Portrait of Pierre de Ferralhon, 1572
Oil on panel - 32.7 x 23.7 cm
Paris, Galerie Terradès
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3/12/08 — Art Market — Paris, Galerie Terradès — Certain galleries contribute in their own way to art history. This is the case for the Galerie Terradès which every year offers an exhibition of French paintings, sculptures and drawings accompanied by a catalogue containing well documented entries on works that are often unpublished.

Although this latest production concerns essentially the 18th and 19th centuries, there are also, besides a drawing by Sébastien Bourdon (already published on this site by David Mandrella), a rare portrait by Etienne Martellange, father of the Jesuit architect Jacques Martellange. It represents Pierre de Ferralhon, no doubt a noble at the court of King Henry IV. This likeness is very close to the ones painted by Corneille de Lyon and François Clouet.

For the 18th century, there is an interesting painting by François-André Vincent, unknown until now, drawn from the Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane by Lesage representing an abduction scene of a young woman by bandits, as well as a painting by Pierre-Antoine Demachy, The Tallow Foundry at the Hôtel-Dieu with a corresponding piece, a similar subject of laborers at work, The Visit to the Printshop by Léonard Defrance.

Paul Huet (1803-1869)
View of the Château d’Arques-la-Bataille
Oil on canvas- 49.5 x 77.5 cm
Paris, Galerie Terradès
Photo : Galerie Terradès

Alfred Stevens (1823-1906)
The Oncoming Storm
Oil on panel - 40.7 x 32.8 cm
Paris, Galerie Terradès
Photo : Galerie Terradès

The 19th century is represented both by little-known painters, such as Charles-Abraham Chasselat with Bélisarius Resting, a theme dear to Neo-classical artists, and other more famous ones such as Horace Vernet (The Greek Prisoner) and Paul Huet (a remarkable View of the Château d’Arques-la-Bataille). Three works reveal how many fellow artists who gravitated around the most celebrated painters of the second half of the century, although less well-known, nevertheless come close at times to the same quality. This is the case for a seascape by Alfred Stevens, The Oncoming Storm, obviously inspired by his friend Edouard Manet and also for Antoine Vollon, with a Still Life with Books which was no doubt influenced by Manet again. Finally, a superb Wave evoking the one by Courbet, by Jehan-Georges Vibert, usually less inspired.

Galerie Terradès, 8 rue d’Alger, 75001 Paris. Tel : 01 40 20 90 51

The exhibition lasts from 20 November to 19 December 2008.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 3 décembre 2008

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