Art galleries

There are art galleries a bit everywhere in Paris, but some of the more exclusive ones can be found in the area around Avenue Matignon and the nearby streets, in the 8th arrondissement.

Here are some pictures from a recent walk, mostly taken through the show windows, some from inside a few galleries. There are of course a lot of famous names among painters, sculptors… which you no doubt recognize. Other galleries offer other types of art, like furniture, glassware… (I was surprised to see the number of Bernard Buffet paintings offered by many galleries – any special reason?) The only painting where I dared to ask for a price, was a small, modest watercolour by Emile Bernard, Vincent van Gogh’s best friend during his Paris years - 28.000 €. Finally I went home without any purchasing, which anyhow, I must admit, were not planned.

I have a hope that the art market will give a chance to real art lovers and to living artists. Today, in my mind, there is a lot of pure speculative business, where some of the most sought after artists often end up hidden in a safety vault in Switzerland, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong... , not even visible to public. Other less known artists struggle to survive. 


Gunn said...

I am pleased you went for a walk just here with all the art galleries, and that you brought your camera along.

Your comments about artists is sadly true.

This is an area I would like to take a good look at.
But unless I win a fortune I guess it will not be much buying.

Studio at the Farm said...

Thank you, Peter - this post was a feast for the eyes - so much beautiful, wonderful art!
Of course, I love the horse drawing [Degas?], and the matador at the end of your post looks intriguing. Again, wonderful post, and very true about the art market.

Amanda said...

It is interesting as some people had problems with the link on FB or blogger and I didn't at all!
When I was young, I helped at an artist's gallery in the same area you mentioned. I can't remember his name but there were some celebs that came to see his paintings.
Thank you for the beautiful photos and art work!

PeterParis said...

Studio at the Farm: You are right about the horses and Degas! Bravo! :-)

Anonymous said...

As usual, leading us to so much beauty!
Thank you, Peter.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention some of that delicious furniture?

Jeanie said...

It breaks my heart, your observations about the art market and artists. All this lovely eye candy, that is a sobering thought. Thanks for a wonderful tour, Peter.

martinealison said...

Bonjour cher Peter,

Une bien agréable visite... Il est tellement plaisant de visiter toutes ces galeries... A Lyon malheureusement beaucoup ont fermé leurs portes.
J'avais exposé mes peintures avenue de Penthièvre en la Galerie Francis Barlier.
Merci pour ce délicieux moment.

Gros bisous ♡ à bientôt