News & Exhibitions

Stair Sainty Gallery is returning to Masterpiece London 2018 this summer!  Masterpiece is the premier art and antiques fair in the UK and we are delighted to be exhibiting.  Located in the beautiful and historic grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, Masterpiece promises an array of outstanding galleries showing exceptional artwork from antiquity to the present day.  The fair runs from 28 June - 4 July, preview 27 June, visit their website for further details or contact us at the gallery. We will be announcing a number of the important and diverse paintings we will be exhibiting at the fair over the next few weeks, so watch this space...

Marianne Loir, Alexandrine Guerin de Tencin and Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil (Marquise de Chatelet) were three women with a common link, whose achievements in male-dominated eighteenth century France are particularly notable. Marianne Loir, whose portrait of the elegant Monsieur de Fontaine is on exhibition on Stair Sainty’s stand at The European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht, was the only French woman artist to achieve some renown during her lifetime, two generations before Vigée Lebrun. Her portrait of the Marquise de Chatelet (Bordeaux, Musée de Beaux-Arts), presents the brilliant mathematician, author, and natural philosopher seated at her desk and holding mathematical dividers as a symbol of her scientific genius.

After a decade in a Canadian private collection, this exceptional rococo painting by François Boucher will be shown at TEFAF Maastricht by Stair Sainty Gallery. Commissioned circa 1740 by Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin for the entrance to her renowned Salon at 390 rue Saint Honoré, this painting was rediscovered in 2007 and first exhibited at TEFAF Maastricht in 2008. For more information, click here. Visit us on sand 344 from the 10th - 18th March 2018 (Previews 8th-9th of March) ...

Stair Sainty Gallery are delighted to announce their participation in TEFAF Maastricht 2018.

TEFAF Maastricht remains the leading Fine Art and Antiques fair in the world and Stair Sainty Gallery look forward to joining other dealers from across the globe in presenting what is always a spectacular event.

Join us on stand 344 from the 10th to the 18th of March 2018.

Stair Sainty Gallery hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year!   We are busy planning an exciting 2018 and look forward to welcoming you to the gallery and to our booth at TEFAF Maastricht in March.   ...

To commemorate the centenary of the death of Edgar Degas, Degas: A Passion for Perfection - an exhibition of sculptures, paintings and drawings by the artist, has opened at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Among the many masterpieces in this exhibition, one of the most popular will be the Hébrard posthumous bronze sculpture of Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, lent by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington has recently presented a splendid exhibition of paintings illustrating the American passion for Eighteenth Century French art, which shaped several major collections in the first decades of the Twentieth Century. Thanks to a renewed interest by collectors and museums in this same period in the 1970s and 1980s a number of major works, as well as paintings by less well-known artists who nonetheless held the post of First Painter of the King, were acquired from the Stair Sainty Gallery. A selection of these are illustrated here.   

Gustave Moreau's students include some notable names, particularly Henri Matisse, Albert Marquet, and Georges Rouault, while Henri Evenepoel, Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau, Georges Désvallières, and Edgar Maxence embraced the symbolism of the 1890s and early 1900s. Moreau’s influence, however, extended beyond his own splendid studio (now the Musée Gustave Moreau, at 14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld in the 9th arrondissement) to a much wider circle. Odilon Redon, who had studied with Jean Léon, was an admireras was the Belgian symbolist, Jean Delville while André Breton, who had visited the Musée Gustave Moreau as a sixteen year old, was overwhelmed by his portrayals of Salomé, Delilah, Sémélé and the Chimera, perceiving Moreau as the precursor of surrealism. Marcel-Béronneau may be considered Moreau’s closest disciple, but he was also influenced by the more powerful eroticism of Franz von Stuck. The paintings illustrated below mark his progression from reinterpreter of Moreau in the 1890s when, at his master’s urging, he submitted works to the 1897 Salon de la Rose+Croix, to his response to von Stuck from the second half of the first decade of the next century into the 1920s.

An extraordinary and controversial exhibition, Mystical Symbolism, has just opened at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, showing a range of paintings predominately by French artists such as Marcel-Béronneau, Alexandre Séon and Alphonse Osbert, but also Swiss (Ferdinand Hodler) and Belgian (Fernand Khnopff). The exhibition was given a long and erudite review in The New Yorker but with no recent US museum exhibitions dedicated to symbolism, this movement has not been as readily understood in journals whose staff have a narrow perspective of art made before the First World War.