News & Exhibitions

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 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.   

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.

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 Masses, Corrado Giaquinto, Baron François Gérard, Achille-Etna Michallon, Jacques-Émile Blanche, Alexandre Séon, Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau, Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Henri Rouart and Jules-Élie Delaunay. We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery over the summer, please contact us for more information. ...

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 Cordey, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Jacques-Émile Blanche, Alexandre Séon, Alphonse 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!...

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.  ...