Portrait

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.

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.

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. ...

Portraitist of the great figures of the avant-garde art world of his time, master of the still lifes and, finally, a symbolist entranced by Wagnerian legends and mystical fantasy, Fantin-Latour cannot be placed in any particular category. He was certainly not constrained by the disciplines of academicism but, although a friend of and even exhibiting with the impressionists, his exquisite paintings of flowers and fruit reflect a much older artistic tradition. Now a new exhibition of his work (Fantin-Latour, à Fleur du Peau) has been staged at the Musée du Luxembourg (closing on 12 February 2017), which not only includes all aspects of his painted oeuvre but a series of photographs.

When we acquired this portrait of a young girl by the Jewish woman artist Clémence Roth (1858-1908) we knew no more about her than her birth and death dates. We soon discovered that there was an oft-exhibited painting by her in the Musée des Beaux Arts at Morlaix, of a young girl holding an orange – this turned out to be a portrait of her daughter about whose later life we know little.

Clémence Roth, Young Girl holding an Orange, Musée des Beaux Arts, Morlaix

Our painting had been included in a small museum exhibition of women artists and was illustrated in a recent book on women artists (Femme Artistes, by Sylvie Buisson), but we have been unable to identify the sitter even though it is set in a fashionable winter garden, with stained glass windows in which two coats of arms are partially visible.

After a successful fair at La Biennale Paris, we are back at the gallery and our attention now turns to the busy Autumn Art Season here in London.  Come in and visit the gallery over the coming weeks as we exhibit Old Masters and 19th century paintings by Algardi, Goya, Greuze and Blanche to coincide with Frieze Masters art fair in Regent's Park, and early 20th century paintings by Marcel-Béronneau and Boutet de Monvel to compliment PAD London Art + Design, which is just around the corner in Berkeley Square.   For more information, please contact the gallery. ...