We salute the French people for their bravery during a time of great tragedy and loss, as well as the Société Nationale des Antiquaires for their decision to remain steadfast in celebrating France’s ongoing commitment to the arts. We hope that France will remain a beacon of light and enlightenment to inspire artists and visitors alike.
‘As an artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris’. ‘ F. Nietzsche
This year we dedicate our stand to the great city of Paris with artists who received their training in the city or had their first early success there. These include masters such as Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Jean-Baptiste Greuze and Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Baron Gérard and Élie Delaunay, as well as Jacques Émile Blanche, who documented Parisian intellectual life at the turn of the 20th century.
The centre of our stand recalls the Belle Epoque fascination with Salomé, who inspired playwright Oscar Wilde and composer Richard Strauss as well as many artists who in turn looked to Wilde’s interpretation of the Biblical story. We shall be exhibiting four Salomé paintings by the French symbolist painter Pierre-Amédée Marcel-Beronneau, as well as the dramatic Salomé painted during the closing months of the First World War by Cuban born Spanish artist, Federico Beltran Masses.
Elizabeth & Guy Sainty
La Biennale Pairs is open from the 10th – 18th of September at the Grand Palais, Paris.