Thursday, September 6, 2012

Uncovering New Collections in Paris

Ahhhh Paris...a haven for artists and heaven for art collectors. During our spring trip we uncovered four diverse collections spanning the 1880s through the 1950s. Each one provides a unique glimpse into the French art scene of this period.

Our annual trips to Europe help us to further expand the Salon's extensive library of original works. And this particular trip yielded some excellent additions and reminded us why Paris has been one of the world's great art capitals for so very long.
One of the collections we discovered was the modernist work of Danielle Dilleman from the late 1950s. Dilleman was born in Paris and studied there at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. She continued her studies under the acclaimed Parisian printmaker, Johnny Friedlander. Her first exhibition of prints was in 1957 at the Maison des Beaux-Arts. Read more about Danielle Dilleman and see our complete collection of her work.

Another collection was comprised of the academic work of two artists: a father and son. The work from the 1880s by Eugene Fourault was executed at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs, and showcases the 19th Century custom of rigorously copying classical architecture, antiquities and reliefs. His son, Andre Fourault studied at the Ecole Nationale d'Arts et Metiers in the 1920s. His work handsomely reflects the many technological advancements of the new century. While not in the fine art vernacular, work like this can beautifully enhance the home or office of a collector that enjoys the studied and precise qualities of these hand-rendered drawings.

We also picked up a lovely group of abstract textile illustrations, from Lyon, circa 1886. Using ink and watercolor, the textile artist created patterns intended to repeat throughout the cloth. We hand-picked motifs that both stand alone as an abstract image and as a wonderful example of 19th century decorative arts. A series of these can make a strong statement.

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