Newsletter no. 11

Monday 7th August 2023

Each week discover the exhibitors of FAB Paris 2023

This week, discover a sculpture by Elie Nadelman selected by Galerie Benjamin Proust, a painting by Wifredo Lam chosen by Galerie Boulakia and a terracotta by Henri Laurens presented by Galerie Univers du Bronze.

Benjamin Proust

After training for several years in Paris and Belgium for international-level art dealers, specialists and auctioneers, Benjamin Proust set up his own Gallery in Brussels in 2008, transferring it to London in 2011. Opened as Benjamin Proust Fine Art Ltd, it was located on New Bond Street, in the historic heart of London’s Mayfair.
In 2022, Benjamin decided to finally relocate to Paris as Benjamin Proust.

Focusing on Renaissance sculpture and works of art – Benjamin’s core expertise – their range nevertheless spans over many centuries of European history, from Classical Antiquities to 20th Century Art.

Over the years, their expertise and competence have been recognized by a growing number of major international museums, further confirming their emphasis on meticulous sourcing and in-depth research, resulting in scholarly publications, all conducted with acknowledged honesty and professionalism.

Notable relationships have been established with institutions such as the Louvre Museum, Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and Louvre Abu-Dhabi, but also with many of the most discerning collectors of our time.

Elie Nadelman, Classical Head, Carrara marble

Elie Nadelman
(Warsaw 1882 – 1946 Riversdale, New-York)

Classical Head
Carrara marble, on a pink marble base
52,5 x 21 x 31 cm

– Estate of P. Sills, New-York, USA
– Sold Sotheby’s New-York, 02-12-1993, lot 134
– Galerie Piltzer, Paris, sold to Karl Lagerfeld at the Biennale des Antiquaires in 2006
– Karl Lagerfeld collection, Paris, France, until 2021

Galerie Boulakia

Founded in 1971, Galerie Boulakia is a family enterprise that has been firmly established in the Paris art scene for the past 48 years. Daniel Boulakia set up his own practice in London, opening a gallery space on Dover Street in 2019.

Galerie Boulakia specialises in modern art and is also devoted to supporting contemporary artists, presenting modern and contemporary masterpieces by significant 20th century artists and showcasing the highest quality figurative and abstract European and American art dating from 1930 to the present day.

Galerie Boulakia deals with private collectors and major museums as well as regularly participating in many renowned art fairs such as BRAFA in Brussels and TEFAF in Maastricht. The London gallery is a 3 minute walk from Green Park station, located besides the Arts Club on Dover Street, Mayfair.

Wifredo Lam, Untitled, circa 1950

Wifredo Lam
circa 1950
Oil and charcoal on canvas
111.4 x 86.7 cm
signed on reverse
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Lou Laurin-Lam and dated ‘Paris 14-5-86’

– David Hare, New York
– Gertrude Stein Gallery, New York (acquired from the above)
– Private Collection, United States (acquired from the above)
– Arnold Herstand Gallery, New York (acquired from the above)
– Private Collection, Chicago (acquired from the above)
– Galerie Jan Krugier, Geneva (acquired from the above in 1986)
– Acquired from the above

Univers du Bronze

Founded in 1986, the Univers du Bronze Gallery mainly exhibits bronzes by major sculptors of the last two centuries, 19thand 20th. The artists exhibited include Barye, Bugatti, Carpeaux, Degas, Giacometti, Laurens, Lipchitz, Maillol, Rodin…

Michel Poletti and Alain Richarme have published several catalogues raisonné on Barye, Carpeaux…

Their collections are exhibited at BRAFA (Brussels), TEFAF Maastricht, Treasure House Fair (London) and Fine Arts Biennale (Paris).

Henri Laurens, Femme au compotier, 1920

Henri Laurens
Femme au compotier
Terracotta with natural pinkish patina
H : 36,8 cm, L : 12,4 cm, D : 8,2 cm
Lifetime example signed with the “H.L.” monogram,
Galerie Simon paper label,
fifth example from an edition planned at 10 examples.
Circa 1920-1930


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