News & Exhibitions

Jean Baptiste Oudry, The Fisherman and the Little Fish

24 Aug The Male Nude in 18th Century French Art

Among the subjects students at the 17th and 18th century French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture were obliged to study was the human figure, and a mastery of the male nude by both those studying paintings and sculpture was an absolute requirement. The academy school, the École des Beaux Arts (now the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts), was founded as part of the Royal Academy by Louis XIV in 1648 to provide a training for painters, sculptors and architects. Each year prizes were awarded (the Prix de Rome) that entitled the winners to reside for a period of three to five years,at the Rome Academy, now situated in the magnificent Villa Medici,  where they were given expert instruction and exposure to the wonders of antiquity. Following the abolition of the prize by the then minister of Culture in 1968, artists continued to be offered the opportunity to reside at the Academy for up to eighteen months, but without the rigorous course of study prescribed by the directors of the 18th century academy.


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12 Aug Salomé, Princess and Temptress – her portrayal in late 19th and 20th century art

The scandalous Princess Salomé portrayed as a temptress by Gustave Moreau, Franz von Stuck, Pierre Marcel-Beronneau , Armand Point and Federico Beltran Masses is more a construction of the Western canon than a religious figure. The portrayal of the Jewish princess in the early twentieth century owes more to Oscar Wilde and Richard Strauss than the Gospels. Salomé’s mother Herodias bore a grudge against John the Baptist’s denunciation of Herod as unlawfully married but her name is not mentioned and only appears in later re-tellings. The Gospel of Mark recounts [6:21-29]:


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Valentino and Beltran, 1925

02 Aug Federico Beltran Masses in Hollywood

Beltran Masses, Hollywood, Vilma Banks, Silent Films, Portraits

Clarence Braum, Valentino, Vilma Banks, and Beltran Masses during filming

Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst, Hollywood, Citizen Kane, Beltran for sale

Federico Beltran Masses with Marion Davies


Beltran Masses and Rudolf Valentino were introduced on the French Riviera during the summer of 1924, by their mutual friend Vincente Blasco Ibanez who summered on his estate in Menton, France. Rudolph Valentino and his wife Natacha Rambova (born Winifred Shaughnessy) visited Natacha’s family in Juan les Pins, when Beltrán left for the Riviera from his home in Paris. The Valentinos had given Beltrán their card with both addresses: Juan les Pins and another in Hollywood, and the artist and actors spent a few days there together.


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Marcel Beronneau, Hilltop

29 Jul Visit us this August

Now that summer is in full swing and you might be enjoying a few days holiday, why not come and visit the gallery to see a fascinating group of paintings from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The hang, spread over two floors, includes works by Goya, Vigée Le Brun, Beltran Masses, Marcel-Beronneau, Greuze and many other artists. 


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13 Jun ‘that art can be philosophy – that art can be psychology’ – Masterpiece London 2016

There is an erroneous view, commonly held, that art is an amusement. People consider it thus, presumably ignoring that there are plenty of other sources of amusement; that art can be philosophy-that art can be psychology‘ Federico Beltran Masses, 1938

Stair Sainty Gallery are pleased to release details of our exhibition for Masterpiece London 2016.


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MP outiside

18 May Masterpiece London 2016

Stair Sainty Gallery are delighted to announce our participation in Masterpiece London 2016 at the end of June.

As one of the UK’s premier art fairs, Masterpiece is a key part of the early summer art season in the capital and we are looking forward to exhibiting a number of interesting and unusual works. We will be releasing more information regarding our participation in Masterpiece over the coming weeks…

The fair is open 30th June to 6th July at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

For more information, please contact the gallery.

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Las Ibericas HIGH RES

22 Apr Final Week of exhibition: Federico Beltran Masses: Under the Stars

In the final week of our current exhibition, Federico Beltran Masses: Under the Stars, we question what it takes to be an artistic superstar. Drawing its name from the starlit nocturnal settings in which Beltran Masses placed many of his subjects, from the glitter of Hollywood that was ever-present in his work, and from Beltran Masses’ own superstardom, Under the Stars explores the impact of celebrity on the oeuvre of the Cuban-born Spanish artist.


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