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18 May Masterpiece London 2016

Stair Sainty Gallery are delighted to announce our participation in Masterpiece London 2016 at the end of June.

As one of the UK’s premier art fairs, Masterpiece is a key part of the early summer art season in the capital and we are looking forward to exhibiting a number of interesting and unusual works. We will be releasing more information regarding our participation in Masterpiece over the coming weeks…

The fair is open 30th June to 6th July at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

For more information, please contact the gallery.

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Las Ibericas HIGH RES

22 Apr Final Week of exhibition: Federico Beltran Masses: Under the Stars

In the final week of our current exhibition, Federico Beltran Masses: Under the Stars, we question what it takes to be an artistic superstar. Drawing its name from the starlit nocturnal settings in which Beltran Masses placed many of his subjects, from the glitter of Hollywood that was ever-present in his work, and from Beltran Masses’ own superstardom, Under the Stars explores the impact of celebrity on the oeuvre of the Cuban-born Spanish artist.

Does superstardom come as a result of hard work or are we pre-destined for superstardom from birth? Pop Icons such as Andy Warhol and Elvis Presley combined their art with self promotion while contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons have been subject to a kind of branding that has become emblematic of the twenty-first century artistic experience. Beltran, however, was a celebrity in his own right and was widely recognized in the 1920s and 1930s for his provocative masterpieces stylized with his characteristic ‘Beltran Blue’. Indeed his exhibitions were visited by Kings and Princes, Hollywood film stars and a public eager to discover his sensual even highly erotic portraits of women. Isolated in Paris during the advent of the Second World War with no dealer relationship, Beltran’s celebrity faded.

Federico Beltran Masses: Under the stars seeks to revive the decadent oeuvre of this unique figurative artist. A collection of Beltran’s masterpieces, including Las Ibericas and Tropical, will be on display in our Dover Street gallery for one more week. With a number of Beltran’s exhibited works already sold to private collectors across the world, Stair Sainty Gallery is delighted to reintroduce Beltran Masses and his psychological portraits to the international art market.

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01 Apr Beltran Masses Exhibition extended

Now open until 29 April 2016

As President Obama makes his historic visit to Cuba and the world begins to focus with renewed interest on the influence of Cuban culture, Stair Sainty is delighted to extend its second survey of paintings by the Cuban-born artist Federico Beltran Masses (1885–1949).

A figurative painter who rose to prominence in the Jazz Age, Beltran-Masses was compared by contemporary critics to the Venetian masters Tiepolo, Titian and Tintoretto, as well as the Spanish painter Goya, whilst at the same time being seen as a modernist.

Renowned amongst his contemporaries as a master of colour and celebrated for his psychological portraits of seductive women, Beltran-Masses is a painter like no other. Federico Beltran Masses-Under the Stars seeks to reintroduce the artist to the international art market.


We have also just returned from a successful TEFAF Maastricht 2016 and some of the paintings exhibited there are now on display at our gallery at 38 Dover St, London.

On our videos page, you can see Guy Sainty discussing the ideas behind our stand Newspaper, The Examiner, on TEFAF TV News .


If you have any questions regarding the exhibition or TEFAF, please contact the gallery.

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05 Mar TEFAF, Maastricht 2016

Stair Sainty Gallery are exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht, 2016.

The world’s greatest art and antiques fair, TEFAF brings together 275 of the industry’s most prestigious dealers. Alongside the more traditional fields of antiquities and Old Master Paintings, you can see Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Photography and Jewellery.

Among the paintings being shown by Stair Sainty, stand 348, is La Wally, an Italian Impressionist painting by Virgilio Ripari. The painting depicts a couple reading the score of an aria from the opera of the same name, composed by Alfredo Catalani in 1892.

TEFAF Maastricht is a showcase for masterpieces currently on the market; it is unequalled in quality. The rigorous vetting employed to establish the authenticity, condition and quality of every work of art and object on offer, ensures that you can buy with the utmost confidence.

Defining excellence in the art market, TEFAF Maastricht is one of the highlights of the art world calendar.

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10 FEBRUARY – 29 APRIL 2016

When Under the Stars was first shown at the Palace Hotel in Madrid in 1916, it attracted immediate attention from both critics and the public alike. Known to be one of Beltran Masses’ favorite paintings, if not his most cherished work, the artist placed a high – some would say purposefully unattainable – value on it. Under the Stars remained in the Beltran Masses’ private collection for most of his lifetime, and was included in many exhibitions world-wide, receiving euphoric praise from the critics of the day, most importantly the renowned intellectual French critic, Camille Mauclair, who referred to the work as ‘one of the rare masterpieces of modern art’.


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10 FEBRUARY – 29 APRIL 2016
Stair Sainty is delighted to present its second survey of oil paintings by the Cuban-born Spanish artist Federico Beltran Masses (1885–1949), Federico Beltran Masses: Under the Stars.

Renowned amongst his contemporaries as a master of colour and celebrated for his psychological portraits of seductive women. Federico Beltran Masses was a figurative painter who rose to prominence in Paris in the 1920s and 30s. A respected artist during his lifetime, Beltran Masses and his work slid into obscurity after his death. However, with three exhibitions in Spain since 2007 and one at Stair Sainty Gallery in 2012 and now in 2016, the alluring work of Beltran Masses is once again returning to the international art market.


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05 Jan In the wake of Frieze Masters 2015

We are back in the gallery after a successful fair at London’s renowned Frieze Masters. A collection of the paintings displayed on our stand are now being exhibited in our  gallery in the heart of London’s mayfair, at 38 Dover Street, W1S 4NL. Amongst the exhibited paintings is this wonderful study, Head of a young girl, by French eighteenth-century Sentimental painter, Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805).

The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm – we look forward to welcoming you.

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07 Dec Old Master Sales Week, London

7-11 DECEMBER 2015
To celebrate London’s prestigious Old Master sales week Stair Sainty is exhibiting selected works by French and Spanish artists from the 18th and 19th centuries.

These works include this charming study by Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson of the head of Galatée. This preparatory oil, for the finished large scale oil, Pygmalion and Galatée in the musée du Louve, shows just the moment that Galatée turns from sculpture to life.
Our gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm, at 38 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NL
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