FEDERICO BELTRAN-MASSES: UNDER THE STARS

FEDERICO BELTRAN-MASSES: UNDER THE STARS

Exhibition: 10 February - 24 March 2016

Federico Beltran Masses: Under the Stars is now open and runs until March 24th, our opening hours are 10am - 6pm. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery. 
Under the Stars

Under the Stars

10 FEBRUARY – 24 MARCH 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 artists’ 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’. 

The prolific application of midnight blue, which became known as ‘Beltran Blue’, is idiosynchratic of the artist, a colour that was to be for him a door into a deeper exploration and understanding of man’s relationship to the cosmos.  The subject – brooding gypsies resting under a starlit night sky - captures the eclectic diversity of Beltran Masses’ oeuvre, drawing a line to other earlier paintings that he made after his move to Paris, and which brought him fame - Catalan and gypsy men and women, all of them full of mystery with references to the erotic.  

Federico Beltran Masses, Hacia las Estrellas (Under the Stars)(detail) - not for sale. 

Exhibition Federico Beltran Masses: Under the Stars - 10 Febraury - 24 March 2016
FEDERICO BELTRAN-MASSES: UNDER THE STARS

FEDERICO BELTRAN-MASSES: UNDER THE STARS

10 FEBRUARY – 24 MARCH 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.  

Under the Stars comprises 16 large, medium and small-scale works executed between 1911 and 1934. The exhibition’s highlights include Under the Stars, Maja Maldita and the erotically charged painting of Salome. A highly controversial work in its time, referred to by one newspaper as ‘the most daring nude picture ever painted, it is unflinching in its representation of the human form. Although few of his paintings were as explicit as this, Beltran Masses’ œuvre is daringly provocative. Beltran Masses was a great star of his time. He lived with the stars while drawing the viewer into his magical vision ‘under the stars’.

Federico Beltran Masses, Maja Maldita (The Wicked Maja) 1918, 162 x 202 cm, oil on canvas (detail)  

Click here to see the video of our 2012 exhibition featuring the paintings of Federico Beltran Masses

Old Master Sales Week, London

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

For more information, please contact the gallery 

We are back at the gallery...

We are back at the gallery...

...after a successful fair at Frieze Masters. Some of the paintings we featured on our stand are now being exhibited in our gallery at 38 Dover Street, W1S 4NL. These paintings include this wonderful study, Head of a young girl, by Jean-Baptiste Greuze.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10am - 6pm - we look forward to welcoming you. 
Join us at Frieze Masters 2015

Join us at Frieze Masters 2015

14th - 18th October 2015

We are exhibiting a selection of Old Master paintings at Frieze Masters in Regent’s Park, everyone is welcome to visit us at the fair, 14-18th October - stand G04, or during the week at our gallery.

Among the pictures being exhibited will be this work by Francisco de Goya, as well as paintings by François Le Moyne, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jules-Élie Delaunay and sculpture by Henri Chapu and the Antoine-Denis Chaudet (workshop).

Also being exhibited are two paintings of Napoleon, one in his coronation robes and the other on the field of Borodino, the battle which heralded the disintegration of his empire. 

 

If you would like tickets to the fair or further information then please contact the gallery

Exhibition Extended: Napoleon Antiquity to Empire

Exhibition Extended: Napoleon Antiquity to Empire

Exhibition extended until 1 September, 2015

Due to the success and popularity of our current exhibition, Stair Sainty and Robilant & Voena Galleries have decided to extend Napoleon: Antiquity to Empire for the rest of the summer.

The exhibition features a diverse array of objects including paintings by Lami, Studio of Gérard and Blondel, sculpture by the workshops of Chinard and Chaudet and furniture by Jacob.

Visit the exhibition in our gallery at 38 Dover St, London, W1S 4NL – Monday to Thursday, 10am – 6pm

(Please note that during August the gallery will be closed on Fridays).



London Art Week

London Art Week

3 -10 July 2015

London Art Week, 3-10 July 2015. Join us in the gallery and see our exhibition, Napoleon: Antiquity to Empire. The show features a selection of works connected with the Emperor and his circle, including sculptures by Antoine-Denis Chaudet (workshop) and Joseph Chinard (workshop), paintings by Eugène Lami, the Studio of Baron François Gérard and Merry-Joseph Blondel and furniture by Georges Jacob.

Also, especially for London Art Week, we are showing pictures from the Baroque to the 19th century, including The Death of Sophonisba by Michele Desubleo, Leda and the Swan by François Le Moyne and La Peste à Rome by Jules-Élie Delaunay.  

Napoleon: Antiquity to Empire

Napoleon: Antiquity to Empire

18 June - 1 September 2015

Napoleon: Antiquity to Empire will include, among other works, this magnificent portrait of the Emperor by the studio of Baron Gérard, a view of Prince Murat on the battlefield at Wertingen by Eugène Lami, a terracotta bust of Eugène de Beauharnais by Joseph Chinard and a marble portrait of Napoleon from the studio of Chaudet, which belonged to Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon.

Vernissage: 6.30 pm, 18 June 2015, the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. 

The exhibition continues until 1st September 2015. 

Gallery hours: 10 am to 6 pm, Mon - Fri, and by appointment. (Please note the gallery is closed on Fridays during August) 

For further information about this event or the exhibition, please contact the gallery.

TEFAF 2015 ~ Maastricht

TEFAF 2015 ~ Maastricht

13 - 22 March 2015

TEFAF Maastricht (13 - 22 March 2014)  is still regarded as the world’s leading art fair and attended by collectors and curators alike.  It presents 260 of the world’s leading galleries, from more than 20 countries, and showcases a breadth of works of art currently on the market. At last year's fair we saw strong interest in Old Master Paintings in particular.

 

TEFAF is unequalled in its level of quality and in the methods it employs to guarantee the authenticity of every painting and object on offer. Participating dealers are admitted only after a strict selection process and TEFAF’s vetting system involves no fewer than 175 international experts in 29 different categories, who examine every work of art in the Fair for quality, authenticity and condition. 

Stair Sainty invite you to TEFAF 2014; please contact the gallery for information on the fair, where to stay in Maastricht, and tickets.