Paris, France — It is a harmonious juxtaposition of masterpieces of 18th century furnishings and objects and 20th century art that is being showcased at the elegant Galerie Léage gallery in Paris. The house of Léage is internationally know for its collection of works of the 18th century and it has joined forces with contemporary art dealer Daniel Gervis, a specialist of the 20th century artist Jean Dubuffet. The exhibition, entitled Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), Harmonie (Harmony), brings together the paintings and sculptures of the 20th century artist with the magnificent 18th century furnishings of the Léage Gallery.
Famous for his colorful Brut or Outsider Art, Dubuffet’s works are found side by side with refined 18th century objects offering a friendly confrontation of shapes, colors and textures putting an end to the boundaries between Old World art and contemporary art. The exhibition winds its way through twelve rooms each offering an ensemble of the two worlds. Highlights include a painting from the artist’s Coucou Bazar period (1971-1973) of performance art juxtaposed with a Louis XV dresser in Coromandel lacquer. A centerpiece of the show is Dubuffet’s vinyl on canvas, Site aux paysannes completed in Vence in 1966.
Daniel Gervis is the founding president of the FIAC, the International Contemporary Art Fair which is currently being played out in Paris and he founded his eponymous gallery in 1967.