Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Eros et Thanatos: Amour et Mort dans la Gravure du XVI au XX," Exhibition and Artwork Sale, Through April 26th, Galerie B. J. F. Antiquitiés, Paris

I just got an email about a very wonderful looking exhibition entitled "Eros et Thanatos: Amour et Mort dans la Gravure du XVI au XX" on view at Paris' Galerie B. J. F. Antiquitiés through April 26th. The exhibition consists of a collection of around one hundred artworks dating from the 16th to the 20th century exploring, in the words of the gallerist, "Eros et Thanatos, Love and Death, as a simplification of day by day life along history....to show how, as in the Baroque Vanitas, life is short and so, for this reason it is important to take advantage of all the time we’re living." Seems like an even more apt message then usual today, on the heels of the terrible news of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The exhibition--created in collaboration with Palau Antiguitats, a Barcelona-based dealer of old prints and drawings--features works by such famed artists as Goya, Piranesi, Hogarth, Beardsley, Rops, Kubin and Rouault alongside a number of more unusual works by lesser- or un-known artists.
It is free and open to the public; viewing hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 2:00- 7:00 PM. The collectors among you will be also delighted to learn that all pieces are available for sale. And fairly reasonably, to boot.

You can view a complete, illustrated list of works with full information and prices by clicking here; you can view the exhibition flyer by clicking here, and can find out more by about the exhibition by clicking here. If you have any questions, you can contact the gallery directly at galerie.bjf [at] wanadoo.fr. And, if you do go end up purchasing a piece, please make sure to mention that you read about it on Morbid Anatomy!

Above are a selection of an assortment of my favorite pieces from the exhibition; full captions and price information follows. And please note: all images are courtesy of the gallery; all the rights reserved for all to Palau Antiguitats (Barcelona).
  1. Omnem in Home Venustatem Mors Abolet, Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), Nuremberg, 1547, 3.200 €
  2. Retrat doble amb personatge i mort, Johann Jakob Kleinschmidt (1687-1772), Augsburg, Segle XVIII, 750 €
  3. E Terra ut rerum primordia cuneta refurgunt, Sic, rursum in terram mortua cuncta cadunt, Gerard de Jode (editor), Flandes, finales s. XVI, 900 €
  4. Sin título. “Triunfo de la muerte,” Anónimo, Francia, siglo XVIII, 350 €
  5. Vita quid est hominis? Flos umbraq fumu... Anònim, Alemanya, principis segle XVII, 250 € 
  6. Miserere Nostri, Crucifixió de Crist, Maters Dolorosa i Purgatori, Anònim, Catalunya, segle XVIII. Tiratge s. XIX, 350 €
  7. “Mirame atentamente, así estarás un día tu,” Congregación de los misioneros del Santo Espíritu, Fotogravat, Espanya, 150 €
  8. Sicut Foenum Dies Elus Sicut Flos Agri Sic Efflorebit, Hoefnagel, Georg [ designer ], Hoefnagel, Jacob [ engraver ], Frontispici part 4a llibre “Archetypa Atudiaque Patris Georgii
    Hoefnageli,” Escola Alemanya, 1592, 1.200 €
  9. Fantasia, seducción ò... Ca. 1875-1880, Tinta i llapis sobre paper., Segell testamentari signat pel fill de l’artista, 750 €
  10. Conjunt de quatre estampes de divinitats eròtiques, Bacus i Ariadna; Psique i Cupido; Apollo i Climene; Venus i Mercuri; Jean-Jacques Achille Devéria (1800-1857) (dibuix i
    litografia); Goupil (editors), París, ca. 1830, 1000 € (conjunt)
  11. Bathyllus taking the pose, Juvenal Scourging Woman, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), Londres, 1894-1896, Tipografia sobre paper vitel·la, 150 €

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