Beltran Masses

Masterpiece London 2018, the high point of the London Art Season, opens with week. 

Visit us on stand D7 from Thursday 28th June until Wednesday 4th July (preview 27th June) and see works by artists including, François Boucher, Corrado Giaquinto, Sir William Beechey, Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Federico Beltran Masses, Jacques-Émile Blanche and Pierre-Amédée Marcel-Bérroneau.

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...

The world's most prestigious art fair, TEFAF Maastricht, is taking place at the MECC, Maastricht, The Netherlands. The fair is open daily from 11 am and runs until the 19th March. Visit us on stand 348 and see a unique collection of paintings, from the 18th to early 20th centuries, including works by Greuze, Giaquinto, Vigée Le Brun, Rouart, Blanche, List, Marcel-Béronneau and Boutet de Monvel. For more information about TEFAF Maastricht, please contact the gallery.    ...

This week sees the focus of the Art World turn on London's big auction houses for their annual December Old Master sales. Months of work and research culminate in two major evening sales, one at Christie's in St James's and the other at Sotheby's on New Bond Street. These sales are a great opportunity for collectors to see many different artists hung together and to explore the variety and depth of Old Master paintings.  As well as these sales, this week is a perfect time to visit galleries, like Stair Sainty, and view their excellent examples of Old Master paintings. We will be exhibiting an important painting by Francisco de Goya alongside works by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Alessandro Algardi and Gabriel de Saint-Aubin. As a contrast we will also be featuring 19th and early 20th century paintings by Marcel-Béronneau, Blanche, Vogler, Boutet de Monvel and Beltran Masses.  Visit us at 38 Dover Street, we are open weekdays from 10am to 6pm. ...

The scandalous Princess Salomé portrayed as a temptress by Gustave Moreau, Franz von Stuck, Pierre Marcel-Béronneau , 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]:

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.

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-Béronneau, Greuze and many other artists.