From March 22 to April 29, 2022

16th to 20th Century Drawings

As in a ritual, the month of March rolls out our new selection of works on paper.
These past two years, we have adapted to current exceptional circumstances by developing digital means. From now on, each new exhibition at the gallery will be presented in a virtual visit with a focus on the works which
have especially touched us.
Activity has remained steady for a year, and I would like to thank all of our loyal collectors, as well as the institutions which have sustained us through their judicious acquisitions.
Our new catalogue takes us back in time with a magnificent Temptation of Saint Anthony by Lucas Cambiaso. Done in iron gall ink, this 16th century drawing is striking in its virtuosity and the rapidity of execution. Using a very modern layout, the artist schematizes figures with broad pen strokes while leaving spaces of blank paper.
True to the French 18th century, the visit continues with a pastel of a young Member of the National Convention who wears a beautiful azure jacket with a red collar embellished with an elegant ascot.
The depiction of artist studio interiors at the end of the 18th century intrigues us in a large drawing in black chalk and an almost pointillist technique. Facing his easel, Robert Lefèvre prepares the portrait of a young very elegant painter depicted with great psychological acuity.
Continue our travels with Henri-Joseph Harpignies sketching this beautiful view of Rome taken from the banks of the Tiber during his Grand Tour in 1851.
The Belle Epoque is evoked by this work by Paul-César Helleu of his daughter wearing a hat and sketched from life in three chalks. Positively dizzying in its virtuosity and spirit, here Helleu is comparable to Giovanni Boldini whom he met in the studio of his master, Jean-Leon Gerome.
Spring carries us into a wheat field sketched from life by Leon Lhermitte in which light reflects off of the grain like sheaves of gold.
How could one miss this superb young woman named “Jacqueline” done by Elisabeth Sorel? A rare woman artist who emerged from Symbolist trends, she uses watercolors on a gold leaf ground in Pre-Raphaelite tradition to present this young beauty in a Neo-Renaissance costume.
Our stroll culminates in a rare Nabi landscape handled in shades of blue by Charles Guilloux. Very poetically, the artist approaches this lacustrian moonlit view as if it were an Aurora borealis with tentacular clouds flooding
the sky.
I would be delighted to welcome you to the gallery starting this coming March 22nd and have you discover
our beautiful harvest.

Alexis Bordes
Paris, March 2022