Several drawing exhibitions in Paris

1. Martin Fréminet (1567-1619)
King of Juda and Israel
Pencil, brown ink,
black stone heightened with white - 43.5 x 26.2 cm
Paris, Boquet et Marty de Cambiaire
Photo : Boquet et Marty de Cambiaire

14/4/11 – Art market – Paris – Thanks to the Salon du Dessin, the number of events taking place elsewhere in the city at the same time continues to grow every year, extending the list of must-sees for visitors.
2011 was no different with even more exhibitions, from the Cercle Rive-Gauche to the Quartier Drouot, without forgetting individual shows of varying quality. Various dealers published catalogues allowing us to keep a permanent trace of these passing exhibitions, some of which continued for a second week.

We begin with the first show organized by Damien Boquet and Emmanuel Marty de Cambiare in a space which opens out on the very chic Place Vendôme. There were a number of very impressive sheets, including a pen and brown ink drawing by Martin Fréminet (ill. 1), recently exhibited in Fontainebleau (see article), preparatory for a figure of a king of Juda and Israel on the ceiling of the chapel of the Trinity in Fontainebleau, a study by Simon Vouet of Saint-François-de-Paule in the painting held at a church in Quebec Saint-François-de-Paule Resuscitating a Child, a large Resurrection by Antoine-François Callet and a beautiful pastel study of the sky by Eugène Delacroix. Modern sheets by Henri Laurens, André Lhote and Max Ernst complete this ensemble illustrated in a luxurious and well documented catalogue by Laurie Marty de Cambiare.

Not far away, Nicolas Schwed also presented a beautiful selection of drawings presented in a catalogue (in English) of which we would particularly point out a Ciro Ferri, Egeria Showing the Shield to Numa Pompilius, recalling the artist’s drawings currently featured at Louvere (see news item of 27/3/11), an Ubaldo Gandolfi representing Six Nudes in a Landscape as well as an allegory by a strange artist, Giovanni David (ill. 2) ; we remind our readers that Montpellier recently acquired a painting by him (see news item of 13/12/10).

2. Giovanni David (1749-1790)
Pencil, brown ink, brown wash - 21 x 30.8 cm
Paris, Nicolas Schwed
Photo : Nicolas Schwed

3. Hubert Robert (1733-1808)
Garden of an Italian Villa
Pencil, black ink, red chalk, heightened with white - 29.3 x 36.5 cm
Paris, Galerie Artesepia
Photo : Galerie Artesepia

Rîve Gauche, the Artesepia gallery also presented some interesting sheets, including a Hubert Robert (ill. 3), but, alas, without a catalogue.
However, the Ladrière gallery exhibited drawings by an Italian antique dealer (Pagliari Fine Arts), next to its own offerings, all published in a beautiful catalogue (in Italian and French) by Franco Moro. It includes notably two oils on paper : a fascinating Vanitas by Guercino showing two skulls laughing while talking together and a Virgin of the Immaculate Conception (ill. 4) of the Polish artist active in Rome in the 18th century, Taddeo (or Taddeus) Kuntz.

4. Taddeo Kuntz (1727-1793)
The Virgin of Immaculte Conception
Oil on a maroufled paper on canvas - 22 x 13.6 cm
Pagliari Fine Arts
Photo : Pagliari Fine Arts

5. François Le Moyne (1688-1737)
Young Girl with Flowers in her Hair
Pastel - 40.3 x 32.5 cm
Paris, Galerie Alexis Bordes
Photo : Galerie Alexis Bordes

We conclude with the offerings in the Quartier Drouot, at the Alexis Bordes gallery which featured for a few more days several beautiful sheets including a pastel by François Le Moyne (ill. 5), a rare drawing of the late 15th century Florentine school representing the Virgin and a large The Arrest of Christ attributed to Van Dyck, in black chalk and brown ink with oil highlights, an attribution which in all probability will be confirmed. Here again, a catalogue provides us with an enduring reference to the exhibition.

Didier Rykner, jeudi 14 avril 2011

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