Newsletter no. 21

Monday 18 September 2023

Each week discover the exhibitors of FAB PARIS 2023.

This week, discover a tribal art mask chosen by Yann Ferrandin, an oil on canvas by Jean-Michel Atlan exhibited by Opera Gallery and a painting by Ambrosius Benson presented by De Jonckheere.

Yann Ferrandin

The gallery is showing ancient tribal works of art from Africa, Oceania, North America and early selected Japanese masks and sculptures. The gallery is participating in many international events (Tefaf Maastricht; Brafa, Brussels; Parcours des Mondes, Paris…).

Located in a prestigious space in the leading area for amateurs of Tribal Arts, Yann Ferrandin is regularly staging eye-opening thematic exhibitions which often lead to the publication of catalogues that soon become reference works. The gallery works with private international clients and with some of the largest museums in the world.


About the Artwork

This mask admirably illustrates the unique way in which Northern Dan artists idealized the beauty of a face. The features are clean-cut and rounded, the mouth sensual, the modelling subtle and soft, and the pronounced forehead blends into the nose with its arched nostrils.

This piece stands out for its exceptional size, its expressive power, and the strength of the gaze piercing through half-closed eyelids and a thin layer of kaolin.

Dan Mask, Northern regions of Republic of Ivory Coast or Liberia, Estimated date: 19th century – early 20th century. Wood, kaolin, traces of a thick old crusty patina. Height: 28 cm.

Dan Mask
Northern regions of Republic of Ivory Coast or Liberia
Estimated date: 19th century – early 20th century.
Wood, kaolin, traces of a thick old crusty patina.
Height: 28 cm.
Old private collection, France.
Photo copyright Studio Hugues Dubois, Bruxelles-Paris

Opera Gallery

Opera Gallery, founded in 1994 by Gilles Dyan, is now established worldwide with 16 exhibition spaces. Each year Opera Gallery organises unique exhibitions and participates in numerous international art fairs. In addition, we are working closely with our clients to build their collections.

With spaces in New York, Miami, Aspen, London, Paris, Madrid, Geneva, Zurich, Dubai, Beirut, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul, the gallery aims to expand further.

From Impressionism to American Pop Art and from post-war Abstract Expressionism to Figuration Libre, Opera Gallery’s collection includes works by great masters of art history as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, as well as Pierre Soulages, Zao Wou-Ki, Fernando Botero, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Yayoi Kusama, to name a few.

The gallery also represents Spanish painter and sculptor Manolo Valdés, Spanish painter Lita Cabellut and Swiss artist Andy Denzler whose work the gallery is proud to promote.

Jean-Michel Atlan, Untitled, 1957 Oil on canvas 130 x 81 cm / 51.2 x 31.9 in, Credit : Courtesy Opera Gallery

Jean-Michel Atlan
Oil on canvas, 130 x 81 cm / 51.2 x 31.9 in
Credit: Courtesy Opera Gallery

De Jonckheere

De Jonckheere, an art gallery specializing in the study and sale of 15th- to 17th- century Flemish paintings, is founded in Brussels in 1976. In 1983, the gallery relocates to Paris.  Its distinctive collections are presented to the most demanding collectors, namely at major art fairs such as the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris (since 1978), BRAFA, TEFAF in Maastricht, Masterpiece and Frieze Masters.

In April 2011, Galerie De Jonckheere opens a new space in Geneva’s historic center, located at 7 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, which has since become its flagship gallery. 

Since the 2012 edition of the Biennale Paris, the gallery is focusing its activity on the presentation of both ancient and modern works.

Ambrosius Benson  (C. 1495 -1550)  Saint Jerome in the Wilderness, Panel, 103 x 170 cm

Ambrosius Benson 
C. 1495 Lombardy – 1550 Bruges
Saint Jerome in the Wilderness
103 x 84 cm

Private collection, Spain.


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