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.
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.