The Exhibitions around Paris-Tableau

1. Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)
The Valley of Egérie and the River Almo
Oil on Canvas - 75 x 94.4 cm
London, Battersea, Devonshire House, Spier Collection
Photo : Galerie Hubert Duchemin

12/11/12 - Art market - Paris - Although Paris-Tableau closed today (see article in French), shows are still open at certain art dealers, making Paris the capital of old masters.

While works are obviously available for purchase, Hubert Duchemin has made an exception by exhibiting only one item, from a private art collection which is not for sale. This unique work, an unpublished landscape by Nicolas Poussin (ill. 1), was recently acquired by its owner under the name of Gaspard Dughet but the Parisian dealer recognized the veritable artist, an attribution which now appears to be acknowledged by specialists. Furthermore, he has connected this canvas to a series of three other paintings of comparable size and similar subjects (Travelers Resting, Dulwich Picture Gallery ; Landscape with a Man Washing his Feet, London, National Gallery ; Landscape with an Antique Tomb and Two Figures, Madrid, Prado). A catalogue was published for the occasion and is available at the gallery.

2. Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674)
Lamentation of Christ, c. 1630
Oil on Canvas- 73 x 59.5 cm
Galerie Terradès
Photo : Galerie Terradès

Still in 17th century French painting, the Galerie Terradès [1] is presenting a beautiful rediscovery, a Lamentation of Christ by Philippe de Champaigne (ill. 2). Not much later in date, another canvas on view here is by Michel Serre (The Virgin Presenting the Child Jesus to God the Father) and visitors can also see, among other unpublished 19th century works, a superb study of a head by Benjamin Constant.

3. François Lemoyne (1688-1737)
The Triumph of Juno, c. 1728-1732
Oil on Canvas - 92 x 137.5 cm
Galerie Alexis Bordes
Photo : Galerie Alexis Bordes

Alexis Bordes [2] is also presenting a very beautiful selection of paintings. We should point out notably a Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist in the Roman Countryside by another Provençal artist, Reynaud Levieux, a splendid The Triumph of Juno by François Lemoyne (ill. 3), no doubt an overdoor due to its initial curved format, and also a double Neo-Classic portrait of Gustave d’Hautefort and his sister Marie-Thérèse Thaïs, with beautifully subtle colors, painted by Adèle Romanée.

4. Alessandro Turchi, called il Orbetto (1578-1649)
The Flagellation of Christ
Oil on Slate - 40 x 25.5 cm
Galerie Maurizio Nobile
Photo : Galerie Maurizio Nobile

5. Prosper Mérimée (1803-1870)
Abbadona Attached to a Cross, Tortured by Satan
Graphite, Pen and Brown Ink - 30.5 x 25.5 cm
Étienne Bréton & Nicolas Schwed
Photo : E. B. et N. S.

At Maurizio Nobile’s [3], in the Faubourg Saint-Honoré area, there are several Italian paintings, among which we reproduce here a very beautiful work on slate by Alessandro Turchi representing The Flagellation of Christ (ill. 4).

All of the above galleries have published a catalogue for the event as have Nicolas Schwed and Etienne Bréton [4], essentially for drawings. The latter have chosen to present essentially works priced below 5000€. One of the most fascinating sheets, with a strange iconography, is undoubtedly by the writer Prosper Mérimée. This is Abbadona Attached to a Cross, Tortured by Satan (ill. 5), probably an illustration for the Messiah, a poem by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, slightly evoking the art of William Blake.

Other art galleries are offering paintings but without a catalogue. This is the case for the Galerie Ladrière [5] which once again welcomes the Italian, Francesca Pagliari (notably a fine painting by Sébastien Bourdon), as well as for Franck Baulme [6] who is showing a rare work signed by the Lorraine artist, Nicolas de Bar, and finally, the Galerie Mendes [7]

Version française

Didier Rykner, mardi 13 novembre 2012


[1] Galerie Terradès, 8 rue d’Alger, 75001 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 40 20 90 51. From 8 November to 15 December 2012. Internet website.

[2] Galerie Alexis Bordes, 19 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris, until 30 March, 10:30 am to 1 pm - 2:15 pm to 7 pm. From 6 November to 7 December 2012. Internet website.

[3] Galerie Maurizio Nobile, 45 rue de Penthièvre, 75008 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 56 63 07 75. From 8 November to 21 December 2012. Internet website.

[4] Nicolas Schwed et Etienne Bréton, 346 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 44 77 98 90.

[5] Galerie Ladrière, 11 Quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 42 61 29 79.

[6] F. Baulme Fine Arts, 58 rue Saint Antoine, 75002 Paris, from 6 to 19 November 2012. Internet website.

[7] Galerie Mendes, 36 rue de Penthièvre, 75008 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 42 89 16 71. Internet website.

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