Exhibition: Eileen Gray at the Centre Pompidou

Was Eileen Gray's most emblematic work her Nonconformist Chair? The dominating impression left by the Centre Pompidou exhibition is very much that of an extraordinarily liberated woman. From the graceful Art Deco of her lacquer work to the rigour of the chrome-plated tubing in her E 1027 house, designed with Jean Badovici, her work betrays no trace of dogmatism. The furniture she designed shortly afterwards for her Tempe a Pailla house already evinced the playful spirit of the post-war period from the early Thirties onwards. Eileen Gray was decidedly modern in the Rimbaldian meaning of the term: that of the avant-garde. In the circuit laid out "in ensembles" by exhibition curator Cloé Pitiot, we find the well-known landmarks of the designer's career: the lacquer work she did with Seizo Sugawara, the creations chosen by Jacques Doucet between 1913 and 1915, the apartment designed for Madame Mathieu Lévy in the early Twenties, the Jean Désert gallery (1922-1930), and the construction of E 1027. The exhibition also highlights lesser-explored areas of her talent, like her rugs, and Tempe a Pailla, "Eileen Gray's other house", not to mention her relationship with Le Corbusier, her early years and her attachment to British culture and her native Ireland, even though she settled in Paris in 1902.

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Will the latest Salon do better than the previous ones? It's hard to say, especially in an economic downturn. But the Paris fair has succeeded in setting the bar ever higher over the years. In 2012, the professionals unanimously acclaimed a positive result, marked by a higher attendance rate, good sales, and the return of American buyers, while the presence of representatives from the top museums confirmed the excellence of the works on offer.


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In April, sales of drawings flourish with a little help from the Salon du Dessin in Paris. Here is a selection of the best pieces of the moment, not to mention key dates in the season like the sales of Kachina and pre-Columbian art collections at Drouot.
This marvellous portrait "Jenny de Lavalette" by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres is the star of a sale of paintings and drawings staged by the Piasa auction house.



Bids in March pay tribute to 19th century painting, jewellery, books and Chinese art.
World record for the artist Philippe Jacques Van Bree, “Interior of Jan Franz Van Dael's Studio at the Sorbonne”.
La Rosa by Pissarro: this sensitive portrait of the young Rosa was highly appreciated by enthusiasts.
The seller of this Ding bowl had every right to feel content.



TEFAF 2013 report: the world's most famous non-specialist art fair suffers from bad weather this year.



The first major retrospective of an auction room star since the 1980 show in New York, the Eileen Gray exhibition at the Centre Pompidou fulfils all its promises.



Greek billionaire George Economou has given a new dimension to his collection by creating an art centre, with a programme focused firmly on contemporary art



Clémence d’Ennery's passion inspired a collection of Far Eastern art that became a life's work, together with the mansion housing it.
The Howard Greenberg collection is exposed to Paris (photography and digital video capital).



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