Newsletter no.17

Monday 28 August 2023

Each week discover the exhibitors of FAB PARIS 2023.

This week, discover a painting of Charles Lacoste presented by the Galerie Ary Jan, a marble sculpture by Baltasar Lobo highlighted by David Lévy and a drawing by Jean-Baptiste Isabey presented by the Galerie Michel Descours.

Galerie Ary Jan

Self-taught man passionate about art, Mathias Ary Jan founded his first gallery in 1997.

Three years ago, he established his gallery 32 avenue Marceau, where he exhibits works from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.

Among the many artistic movements that flourished during this pivotal period in art history, Mathias Ary Jan specialized in Orientalism and the Belle Époque.

The gallery regularly presents themed exhibitions, around emblematic artists such as Félix Ziem or Jacques Majorelle and has been participating in numerous Salons, notably the Biennale Paris and the Brafa in Brussels for more than ten years.

Charles Lacoste, Fumée, 1903, Oil on cardboard signed and dated 1903

Charles Lacoste
Oil on board signed and dated 1903 lower right
Dimensions : 68 x 92 cm

Gabriel Frizeau Collection and descendants

Salon des Indépendants, 1904, n°1329
Charles Lacoste, Galerie Druet 1905, N°63

Frédéric Chappey “The work of Charles Lacoste (1870 – 1959)”. Mémoire de Maîtrise, Université Paris X-Nanterre, 1981, described under n°256A

About the Artwork

The painting comes from the collection of Gabriel Frizeau, who had acquired it directly from his close friend Charles Lacoste even before it was exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in 1904. In January 1905, it was exhibited again at the Galerie Druet, which presented its first exhibition entirely dedicated to the Bordeaux painter.

The painter’s focus on light in the early 1900s is perfectly illustrated in this work. On the railway bridge crossing the Garonne, a train is at one with the building in a single blue line that outlines the horizon. Smoke billows from the locomotive, fading into a pink-and-gold sky irradiated by the rays of a fiery sun. In the foreground, the river vibrates with intense reflections accentuated by sharp, jerky material reliefs, while the contours of the city are cut into a sinuosity of mauve and blue tones.


David Lévy

Specialized in modern and postwar art, David Lévy & Associés is a fine art dealership located in Paris and Brussels.

With an experience of 30 years dedicated to XX-century European avant-garde, from symbolism and surrealism to post-war abstraction, the gallery has contributed to major museum acquisitions and participates regularly in public exhibitions with loans of work from private collections.

Internationally recognised for the quality of the works it presents and its curatorial choices, the gallery has been selected to take part in a number of major art fairs: Salon du Dessin, Paris; BRAFA, Brussels; Frieze Masters, London; FAB Paris; The Salon Art+Design, New York and TEFAF, Maastricht.

The gallery is delighted to participate for the first time at FAB Paris with an exhibition dedicated to two key figures of the post-war Parisian art scene, Maurice Estève and Baltasar Lobo.

Baltasar LOBO, Torso al sol, 1973, Pink marble from Portugal

Baltasar Lobo
1910 – 1993
Torso al sol
Pink marble from Portugal
31 1⁄2 x 46 x 18 in. (80 x 117 x 46 cm)

Galería Theo, Madrid Private collection, Malaga, 1991

Galería Theo, Arte de Nuestro tiempo, Madrid, 1974.
Galería Theo, Formas en el espacio. Cárdenas, Chillida, Lobo, Penalba, Madrid, 1976.

Galerie Michel Descours

The opening of the painting and drawing gallery in December 2009 marked the culmination of thirty-five years of passion and experience. Long known as an antique dealer specialising in furniture and objets d’art, Michel Descours had the desire and ambition to create a space in Lyon devoted exclusively to what he considered to be the best in the field of fine art.

If the gallery is a reference in terms of the Lyon school (Thomas Blanchet, Louis Cretey, Jacques Stella, Hippolyte and Paul Flandrin, Louis Janmot…), its interests go far beyond this production and encompass Italian primitives as well as 19th century Nordic painting and modern art.

Ten years later, in 2019, Michel Descours moved to Paris and opened a space at 10, rue de Louvois, in the 2nd arrondissement, in the heart of the artistic capital. This is now the address of the gallery, where he continues to present a taste and an eye for all schools, while still attaching great importance to the Lyon school.

The gallery regularly collaborates with museums and offers at least one exhibition each year (thematic, monographic or period). Since 2010 it publishes a catalogue every year.

Jean-Baptiste Isabey, Portrait de Chinard, Black chalk and gouache highlights on wove paper

Jean-Baptiste Isabey
(Nancy, 1767 – Paris, 1855)
Portrait of Chinard
Black chalk and gouache highlights on wove paper
275 x 210 mm

Former Collection of M. Genin, Lyon ;
Former Collection of Etienne Grafe, Lyon.

Vitry Paul, Exposition d’œuvres du sculpteur Chinard de Lyon (1756-1813), Exhibition catalogue (November 1909-January 1910), Paris, Librairie Centrale des Arts, Emile Lévy Editeur, 1909.


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