SUMMER 2019 EXHIBITING GALLERIES
GALLERIES/Galerie Michel Descours
Nicolas Chaperon (Chateaudun, 1612-Lyon, 1654-1655)
Diane Chasing Satyrs, c. 1635
Oil on canvas
123 x 134 cm
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Exhibition: Heroines and Muses; Women in European Painting 1600-1900
For this new edition of the London Art Week, Galerie Michel Descours and Cesare Lampronti come together to present an overview of the representation of women in European painting from the 17th to the 20th century. Figures of power or desire, self-possessed or assigned to the "weaker sex" – from the Classical to the Romantic era, heroines ancient and modern have proved an inexhaustible source of inspiration for history painters.
Here we have a repertory of the roles painters have drawn on in their efforts to edify or trigger emotion: Alcestis, Olympias, Zenobia, Cleopatra, Desdemona, Anne Boleyn, Mary Stuart and Marie Antoinette as portrayed by Pierre Peyron, Louis Lagrenée, Laurent Pécheux, Merry-Joseph Blondel, Pierre-Nolasque Bergeret, Pierre Révoil and Jacques Augustin Pajou, with English artists F. R. Pickersgill and G. A. Walker bringing a Victorian perspective to the question.
Amorous intrigues, veiled or flagrant eroticism – all these are given mythological or fictional, expression by Luca Giordano, Peter Paul Rubens and Studio, Hans Rottenhammer and Jan Brueghel the Elder, Cavalier d'Arpino, Nicolas Chaperon, Jacopo Amigoni, Antonio Pellegrini, Philippe-Auguste Hennequin, Claude Dubufe, Charles Lefebvre, Marcel Roux… With Hans Bellmer, the fantasmatic representation reaches its climax.
The portrait also have its own seduction strategies, as demonstrate examples by Jeanne-Élisabeth Chaudet and Jacques Antoine Vallin.
The model and the female body as subjects for plastic exploration are examined in a series of nudes in which Émilie Charmy's Fauvism and Maillol's triumphant forms interact with the "Ingrisme" of Paul Jourdy.
Women's most profoundly intimate involvement in artistic creation is illustrated by the family likenesses of Lyon mystic Louis Janmot, and the presence of the writer Colette, Charmy's model and friend, a long undervalued figure from the Paris scene of the early 20th century.
A catalogue has been published for the occasion: Heroines and Muses. Women in European Painting, 1600-1900 (Lyon and London: Galerie Michel Descours/Cesare Lampronti Gallery, 2019), 68 p., 40 ill.