Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures at Eric Coatalem’s and Patrice Bellanger’s

1. Attributed to Virginia Vezzi (1606-1638)
Virgin with Child
Oil on Canvas - 102 x 85.5 cm
Galerie Éric Coatalem
Photo : Galerie Éric Coatalem

2/4/13 - Art market - Paris, Patrice Bellanger and Eric Coatalem Galleries - One is interested in old master paintings and drawings, the other is one of the world’s rare art dealers specialized in sculpture. Eric Coatalem and Patrice Bellanger have joined forces for this exhibition.
The first has chosen to display an impressive ensemble of French 17th century paintings currently on sale or previously offered at the gallery and lent today by the owners and offers a catalogue which also presents a few works which are unfortunately missing here since the request for a loan was turned down in some cases ; other pieces have joined the exhibition but do not appear in the publication.
The catalogue is made up of about fifty canvases [1], of which one third comes from private collections and is thus not for sale. There are of course many works which we have already mentioned when they appeared in previous exhibitions or in our reviews of Maastricht or Paris-Tableau.

2. Michel I Corneille (1601-1664) ?
Virgin Holding a Rose with Child on her Lap
Oil on Canvas - 108 x 93 cm
Galerie Éric Coatalem
Photo : Galerie Éric Coatalem

3. Simon Vouet (1590_1649)
Head of Christ
Oil on Canvas - 53.5 x 40 cm
Galerie Éric Coatalem
Photo : D. R.

We will thus limit ourselves here to a reproduction of three paintings, two of which are not presented in the catalogue. The first works, almost companion pieces, are both a Virgin with Child which might have been attributed a few years ago to Simon Vouet before art historians identified the artists among his students. One of the canvases (ill. 1) is attributed to Virginia Vezzi (or Virginia da Vezzo), a name - in fact Vouet’s wife - which is just starting to make itself known with at least one acknowledged work acquired by the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes in 2009. Is this painting by her or not ? In any case, the canvas is superb. The other Virgin with Child, here again, bears an attribution also accompanied by a question mark (ill. 2). This is no doubt a painting by Michel I Corneille of equally remarkable quality.
The third painting we would like to mention here from the large ensemble (we should also point out an unpublished tondo by Jacques Stella representing The Virgin Preparing Jesus’ Cereal) : a very beautiful (and very intense) head of Christ by Vouet himself (ill. 3). This is a work which resurfaced at an auction in Amiens in 2003 and which Stéphane Loire published recently in the proceedings of the colloquium Vouet en Italie [2].

4. Rombout Pauwels, called Paul (1625-1690)
Virgin with Child and Saint John the Baptist, c. 1650
Terracotta - 50 x 43 x 20 cm
Galerie Patrice Bellanger
Photo : Galerie Patrice Bellanger

5. Christophe Veyrier (1636-1689)
The Child Jesus Carrying the Cross
Supported by Two Angels
, 1682
Terracotta - 40.5 x 25 x 8.8 cm
Galerie Patrice Bellanger
Photo : Galerie Patrice Bellanger

The Eric Coatalem gallery is too small to hang 50 paintings so many of them are presented at Patrice Bellanger’s, a bit further on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and includes 17th and 18th century works from France, Italy and Northern Europe. The blend of paintings and sculptures in this splendid gallery is particularly well done.
Three of the sculptures have been lent by private collectors, previously sold by Patrice Bellanger. Among these, we would point out a masterpiece by Algarde, a terracotta representing Saint Mary Magdalene, a model for a reliquary residing at the basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume.

We also reproduce here a very beautiful Charity (ill. 4) by the Flemish sculptor from Mechelen, Rombouts Pauwels, who was a student of François Duquesnoy in Rome. Returning to the French 17th century, there is a terracotta bas-relief by Christophe Veyrier (ill. 5), a student and nephew-in-law of Pierre Puget, preparatory for a marble residing at the church of Saint John of Malta in Aix-en-Provence. A catalogue is also available.

The exhibition will run from 3 April to 11 May 2013.

Galerie Patrice Bellanger, 136 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 42 56 14 50. Website.

Galerie Eric Coatalem, 93 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 42 66 17 17. Website.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 3 avril 2013


[1] However, the exhibition presents a total of sixty-two paintings.

[2] Stéphane Loire, "Simon Vouet en Italie (1612-1627). Questions d’attribution et de datations", in Simon Vouet en Italie, p. 196, mentions it as "attributed to Simon Vouet" and at the time of whereabouts unknown.

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