News & Exhibitions

19 Oct DEGAS: A PASSION FOR PERFECTION A Tale of Two Dancers – Myths dismissed

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.


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04 Oct Stair Sainty Gallery and the Rococo – Eighteenth Century French Art in America

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 197os 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.   


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27 Sep Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau – Successor to Gustave Moreau

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.


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25 Jul Mystical Symbolism – Marcel-Béronneau, Séon and Osbert

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.


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19 Jul Summer at 38 Dover Street

After another successful Masterpiece London art fair at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, we are back in our gallery at 38 Dover Street.  

We are currently exhibiting works by Federico Beltran MassesCorrado GiaquintoBaron François GérardAchille-Etna MichallonJacques-Émile BlancheAlexandre SéonPierre Amédée Marcel-BéronneauBernard Boutet de MonvelHenri Rouart and Jules-Élie Delaunay.

We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery over the summer, please contact us for more information. 

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30 May Masterpiece London and Mayfair Art Weekend 2017

Stair Sainty Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting again at Masterpiece London. This prestigious fair, now in its 8th year, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea promises to be an exciting and vibrant event at the heart of London Art season. 

This year Stair Sainty Gallery will be exhibiting paintings by artists including Francisco de Goya, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Henri Rouart, Norbert Goeneutte, Albert Dubois-Pillet, Samuel Frédéric CordeyJean-Léon Gérôme, Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Jacques-Émile Blanche, Alexandre SéonAlphonse Osbert, Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau, Eduard Veith and Jean-Richard Goubie


Visit us on stand D07 – for more information about Masterpiece, please click here or contact the gallery


We are also participating in Mayfair Art Weekend so the gallery will be open on Saturday – 10am – 6pm and on Sunday 11am – 5pm. Come and pay us a visit!

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24 Apr Degas’s Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen: Six Mysteries Revealed – A lecture with Dr Gregory Hedberg

In conjunction with Stair Sainty Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Degas: Little Dancer Rediscovered, Dr Gregory Hedberg; the author of the new book Degas’ Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen – The earlier version that helped spark the birth of modern art, will be giving a lecture on Thursday 4th May, 6pm at the Lansdowne Club, Mayfair.

Dr. Hedberg’s lecture explores the various problematic findings regarding the physical state of Degas’ Little Dancer wax sculpture today and how the recently discovered plaster helps to explain these puzzles.  The influence of Degas’ Little Dancer in 1881 on Whistler, Manet, Sargent and Seurat will also be explored.

To see a video of Dr Hedberg’s lecture, please click here.


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24 Apr Read all about it! – Press for our exhibition, Degas: Little Dancer Rediscovered

Our exhibition, Degas: Little Dancer Rediscovered, has received lots of press, click the links below to read some of the articles for yourself…

The Guardian

The Art Newspaper

Fine Art Connoisseur


The Week

i Newspaper

Art Daily


The show runs from 27th April to 26th May, weekdays 10am – 6pm



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13 Apr Degas’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: what did it look like when first exhibited?

The most direct evidence of the appearance of this iconic sculpture was a drawing, one of three on a single sheet, in which the young Marie van Goethem is presented from several different angles, including a full frontal image which shows her standing, facing forward with her weight evenly distributed on each leg. Her bodice has a low cut décolletage, and extends down to her navel, with her head only slightly tilted upwards. The other two drawings on the sheet show her from behind at slightly different angles, her arms stretched straight behind with her hands clasped lightly together. In one of the two her hair is partly plaited.


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