TEFAF Maastricht 2023 : 4 masterpieces

Vue du stand de la Galerie de la Présidence à TEFAF Maastricht 2023

TEFAF Maastricht 2023
From March 11 to 19 – Stand 486

We present this year at TEFAF Maastricht, from March 11 to 19 2023, over 40 works by 23 artists :

Karel APPEL, Eugène BOUDIN, Alexander CALDER, Marc CHAGALL, Henri-Edmond CROSS, Nicolas DE STAËL, Otto DIX, Jean DUBUFFET, Jean FAUTRIER, Sam FRANCIS, Hans HARTUNG, Louis HAYET, Auguste HERBIN, Johan Barthold JONGKIND, Henri LEBASQUE, Albert MARQUET, Henri MARTIN, Henri MATISSE, Pablo PICASSO, Ker-Xavier ROUSSEL, Paul SIGNAC, Geer VAN VELDE, Zao WOU-KI

Let’s discover a few masterpieces by Ker-Xavier ROUSSEL, Paul SIGNAC, Jean FAUTRIER and Marc CHAGALL:

A nabi work,
of museum quality

Ker Xavier ROUSSEL (1867-1944)
Composition aux deux femmes ou
Deux âges de la vie

Circa 1892

This work is similar to the two large versions of “Seasons of Life” in the Musée d’Orsay and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Small in size but of identical proportions, it evokes the pure and allegorical world of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898) as well as the Japanese influence, central to the work of the Nabi group. 

Sur le stand de la Galerie de la Présidence à TEFAF Maastricht 2023 : Ker-Xavier Roussel, Composition aux deux femmes, ou Deux âges de la vie, Circa 1892, Huile sur toile, 29 x 52 cm, Signée en bas à gauche

Oil on canvas
29 x 52 cm
Signed lower left

The definition and differentiation of the faces, the yellow trees which, here, accentuate the stiffness or, on the contrary, the movement of, each figure, as well as the treatment of the background where reliefs are outlined, evoke more particularly the painting of the Musée d’Orsay.

Reduced to mid-body and as if stripped of the clothing details and feminine elegance that hold the viewer’s eye in the “Seasons”, the figures are closer together, perhaps to the point of physical contact, which is exceptional for Roussel at the time.

Only the absent gaze of the older woman on the left introduces a psychological distance which is countered by the attitude of the young woman on the right. Whilst still evoking a theatrical performance, the scene is more intimate and intense.

Florence Chibret Plaussu à TEFAF 2023 devant le tableau "Composition aux deux femmes<br />
ou Deux âges de la vie" par Ker-Xavier Roussel

A stopover in Marseille,
with the master of watercolors

Paul SIGNAC (1863 – 1935)
Marseille, Le Vieux-Port
Circa 1919

Sur le stand de la Galerie de la Présidence à TEFAF 2023 : Paul Signac, Marseille. Le Vieux-Port, Circa 1919, Aquarelle sur papier, 27,5 x 43,5 cm, Cachet de l’atelier, située et datée en bas à gauche

Watercolor on paper
27,5 x 43,5 cm
Stamp of the studio, located and dated lower left

A favorite
of the merchant Paul Guillaume

Jean FAUTRIER (1898-1964)
Poire et raisins
Circa 1928-1929

The stamp « Deodat » on the reserve refers to the paintings that Paul Guillaume kept for his personal collection.

Sur le stand de la Galerie de la Présidence à TEFAF Maastricht 2023 : Jean Fautrier, Poire et raisins, Circa 1928-1929, Huile sur toile, 55 x 46 cm, Signée en haut à gauche, Annotation et le timbre “Deodat” (de Paul Guillaume) au dos

Oil on canvas
55 x 46 cm
Signed upper left
Annotated and stamp Deodat (of Paul Guillaume) on the reverse

Paul Guillaume (1891-1934) was one of the greatest dealers and collectors of modern art of the twentieth century, a large part of whose collection is presented at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. In his Parisian gallery, he exhibited Soutine, Modigliani and Fautrier among others and was one of the first to present African art.

Paul Guillaume’s collection, one of the most important in Europe, modified after his death by his wife Domenica, who remarried in 1938 to the architect Jean Walter, was purchased by the State with usufruct. It includes 16 Cézanne, 23 Renoir, 5 Modigliani, 12 Picasso, 10 Matisse, 27 Derain and 22 Soutine. This fabulous collection was not definitively integrated into the walls of the Orangerie des Tuileries until after Domenica’s death in 1977.

In 1925, Jean Fautrier became the true precursor of informal art. He was defended by the dealers Jeanne Castel and Paul Guillaume, with whom he signed an exclusive contract in 1927. He was well received by the critics and the Parisian literary milieu, in particular by the young André Malraux.

Fautrier went through a period of research that he described as a “season in hell”. He produced a lyrical work, series of landscapes and black nudes. He creates engravings for the illustrated edition of “Dante’s Inferno” prepared by Gallimard. The economic crisis hit the art market hard in the 1930s and Paul Guillaume broke his contract with Fautrier.

Eternal love
by the most poetic of painters

Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985)
Le couple devant la grande baie à Chicago

Sur le stand de la Galerie de la Présidence à TEFAF 2023 : Tableau de Marc Chagall : "Le couple devant la grande baie à Chicago", 1976

Gouache, pastel and ink on paper
53,6 x 44,8 cm

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TEFAF Maastricht 2023
From 11 to 19 Mach 2023
Stand 486
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