Newsletter no. 2

Wednesday 5th July 2023

Gustave Courtois, Jeune femme de profil, Huile sur toile, Signé : G. Courtois, Paris, 1887

Each week discover the exhibitors of FAB PARIS 2023

This week, discover a painting by Gustave Courtois presented by Charvet Gallery, a 14th-century stone sculpture chosen by Ratton-Ladrière Gallery and a terracotta by Jacob Sigisbert Adam proposed by Sismann Gallery.

Charvet Gallery

The Charvet Gallery founded in 1997, is specialized in paintings and drawings from the 17th to the 20th century.

Initially located on rue Sainte Anne in the 2nd arrondissement, it moved to rue de l’Université on the Rive Gauche in 2009.

The works presented are selected according to constant criteria of quality and originality. In addition to the regular organization of exhibitions at the gallery, the Charvet Gallery participate since 2018 in the Salon Fine Art Paris, which has become FAB PARIS.

Gustave Courtois, Jeune femme de profil, Oil on canvas, 1887

Gustave Courtois
(Pusey 1852 – Neuilly sur Seine 1923)
Young woman on profile
Oil on canvas, 41 x 33 cm (16,14 x 13 inch)
Signed, located and dated on the upper right: G. Courtois, Paris, 1887

Charles Ratton et Guy Ladrière

Charles Ratton and Guy Ladrière were brought together by their love for the Medieval period. An unwavering friendship developed from intellectual complicity, in the context of which the two men exercised and shared their knowledge; Charles Ratton initiating Guy Ladrière in the aesthetic aspects of works while the latter gave a new momentum to the search for objects. In 1984, they created the Galerie Charles Ratton – Guy Ladrière on the Right Bank, and then after the death of Charles, the gallery moved to the Left Bank, to the Quai Voltaire.

Across from the Louvre, connoisseurs, collectors and curators discovered Guy Ladrière’s interest in sculpture, from Antiquity to the 18th century. At this address, sculptures in marble, terracotta, polychrome wood and bronze rub shoulders with drawings and paintings by Fragonard, Boucher, Tiepolo, Ridolfi, Le Nain and Greuze.

After seven years in her own gallery on the rue de l’Université, Sandrine Ladrière, Guy’s daughter, decided to join her father in 2001. Surrounded by her father’s discoveries and fascinated by them since childhood, she has developed a love of European sculpture of the 18th and 19th centuries.

King's head, France, 14th century, stone

King’s head
France, 14th century, stone

Sismann Gallery

Gabriela and Mathieu Sismann’s passion for Old Master Sculpture led them to create their gallery in 1994 in Paris. Their international standing gallery has gained widespread renown as one of the few exhibition spaces devoted to a whole spectrum of European dating from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Classical and the Baroque periods and the 18th century.

Driven by their instinct for fine pieces and their fascination with the spiritual aspect of the creative process, their acquisitions reflect a quest for rare, unknown or forgotten works of art. Most of their works are totally unknown to the art market and constitute real artistic discoveries accompanied by research often leading to attributions. Gabriela and Mathieu Sismann are among the leaders of French, German and Italian Renaissance Gothic sculpture and are also present on Italian and Flemish Baroque sculpture.

Galerie Sismann organizes local exhibitions, regularly participates in international exhibitions (TEFAF, BRAFA, MASTERPIECE LONDON, FRIEZE MASTERS, BIENNALE PARIS, BIAF, FINE ARTS PARIS… ) and has contributed to the expansion of important private collections and of prestigious institutions across the world.

Jacob Sigisbert Adam
(Nancy, 1670 – Nancy, 1747)
Retrospective portrait of a princess of the House of Lorraine
Terracotta, Circa 1700, 36 ; W. 26, 5 ; D. 10 cm.


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