oudry Tag

The beginning of December sees a flurry of activity in London's galleries and sale rooms in the form of Old Master Sales Week.  It is an opportunity for the Art World to focus on fine art by established artists from the past whose works have stood the test of time and whose legacies are clear for all to see.  Stair Sainty are delighted to be showing paintings at our gallery, 38 Dover Street, by Old Masters including Boucher, Subleyras, Oudry, Goya and Loir, as well as 19th century artists such as Delacroix, Degas, Manet and Levy-Dhurmer.   Come and visit out gallery weekdays from 10am to 6pm....

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.   

Among the subjects students at the 17th and 18th century French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture were obliged to study was the human figure, and a mastery of the male nude by both those studying paintings and sculpture was an absolute requirement. The academy school, the École des Beaux Arts (now the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts), was founded as part of the Royal Academy by Louis XIV in 1648 to provide a training for painters, sculptors and architects. Each year prizes were awarded (the Prix de Rome) that entitled the winners to reside for a period of three to five years,at the Rome Academy, now situated in the magnificent Villa Medici,  where they were given expert instruction and exposure to the wonders of antiquity. Following the abolition of the prize by the then minister of Culture in 1968, artists continued to be offered the opportunity to reside at the Academy for up to eighteen months, but without the rigorous course of study prescribed by the directors of the 18th century academy.