Paris, France — It proved to be an elegant show nestled into a beautifully designed space in the Carrousel du Louvre from November 6th to the 11th, with each exhibitor seemingly all alone, yet not alone. For Fine Arts Paris, the art fair dedicated to the fine arts and being held for the fifth time, played host to some 55 galleries from around the world. The opening night alone brought in some 2,800 visitors including myriad museum curators, art collectors and professionals. The young art fair was created in 2017 and has become an essential component of the Parisian art calendar. Sculptures, bronzes, paintings and fine jewelers were all on the agenda.
Works from the Renaissance, the Dutch masters and the jeweler Walid Akkad who creates sculptural works from precious stones were all admired and purchased at the fair. For the first time this year non-Western fine arts were on display including an exceptional Chinese bronze from the 16th century B.C. presented by Christian Deydier and Japanese prints of the 18th to the 20th centuries presented by the Galerie Tanakaya. While artworks from the 19th century and the Modern Art period were well represented.
There were plenty of high profile sales including Sonia Delauney’s Le Guépard, 1971, at the Galerie de la Présidence, Joan Miro’s Le coeur flamboyant chasse la nuit, 1965, and a drawing by Giacometti were both sold by the Galerie Orsay Paris. While a magnificent Virgin Annunciate circa 1500 was presented and sold by the Galerie Sismann.
The fair unfolded in a fairy-tale like setting designed by Jacques Garcia which drew its inspiration from the history of the space and the Charles V wall and enclosure, the 14th century defense system of the city of Paris, discovered when the Carrousel du Louvre was being built. The decor brought together 14 mineral and vegetal elements.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
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