Imperial Art

Napoleonic French Empire Period

Locations

Paris
3 place du Général Catroux, 75017, Paris, Ile de France, France
Current Fair

TEFAF Maastricht June 2022
TEFAF is an opportunity for Imperial Art, the first gallery dedicated to the Napoleonic epic, to exhibit with the greatest international dealers and in front of an audience of professionals and great enthusiasts to highlight this very special period that is the 1st Empire through the arts and history. With a booth inspired by the emperor’s country tent, Imperial Art presents a selection of works, from Self-portrait of Robert Lefevre representing the artist in his studio to the pair of ‘‘eagle-headed’’ “vases of the Sèvres” factory and the colossal bust of Napoleon by Canova’s workshop that illustrate the splendor of the Empire and the apogee of the arts of the time.
Located in the heart of Paris, since 2016, Imperial Art, an art gallery dedicated to the imperial epic, accompanies collectors and museum institutions in their passion. Since 2019, the gallery has been housed in the prestigious setting of a 19th century mansion, Place du Général Catroux, in the artistic district of the Plaine-de-Monceau. Hosted on the ground floor of the Hotel Viaudey, a building built in 1879, the gallery has an exhibition area of 190 square meters (2050 sq.ft) and offers in its three rooms restored in the rules of the art, a selection of paintings and art objects dedicated to the French nineteenth century, and especially to the neo-classical and romantic era. Its founding president, Tarik Bougherira, is passionate about the history of France and imperial greatness. The Imperial Art Gallery advises museum enthusiasts and professionals to build and enrich their collection(s) with a wide range of specialties: paintings, drawings, sculptures, furniture, goldsmithing and art porcelain, historical souvenirs, covering the periods of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a predilection for the prosperous period of the Napoleonic era. The Imperial Art Gallery is committed to promoting the art and history of the imperial era, a major period in European history that follows the French Revolution and ends in March 1815 on the battlefield of Waterloo. The gallery presents both the great essential figures, in the first place the Emperor Napoleon, the Empresses Josephine and Marie-Louise and the King of Rome but also the Bonaparte family, from the mother of the Emperor to the brothers and sisters of Napoleon whose Empire radiates throughout Europe .The Beauharnais family is represented as well with Eugène and Hortense, due to their faithful friendship The generals, often heroic figures and whose glorious names trace the destiny of brave men, sometimes of modest background such as Murat and Ney, also found glory thanks to the emperor and their “feats of arms” made them famous. The Imperial Art Gallery pays tribute to these great figures of our history but also to the characters of the shadows such as the grunts or the memorialists who participated in the Napoleonic legend to perpetuate the knowledge and interest in this epic. In addition, the gallery presents high-quality artists illustrating the artistic currents of neo-classicism and romanticism, such as Baron Gérard, Robert Lefevre, Jean-Baptiste Isabey, Ernest Meissonnier, Théodore Géricault...Through these areas, Imperial Art strives to select art objects for their rarity, authenticity, and state of conservation as well as for the finesse and quality of execution, seeking in their excellence, artists who have demonstrated their talents, combining at the same time beauty, sensitivity and the power of evocation of a glorious past. A team of researchers, professional art historians, strives to trace as precisely as possible the history and importance of each item proposed, offering beautiful rediscoveries. The major French public institutions, for example the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Napoléon 1er of the Château de Fontainebleau, the Paoli Museum in Corsica, the National Museum of the Castles of Malmaison and Bois-Préau, the Army Museum, the Gendarmerie Museum in Melun or the museums of Vendée, have full confidence in the gallery to participate in the enrichment of their collections as well as many collectors. With a solid experience of the decorative arts of the ‘‘Empire style’’ and attentive to the evolution of the Art market, especially the Asian market, Imperial Art has opened in 2019 a second gallery dedicated to French arts in Beijing. This opening of a physical gallery in China is part of a series of privileged exchanges with the Chinese market since 2013 and contributes to the influence of the French spirit abroad.
In parallel, the Imperial Art gallery, hosted in Paris in the former Hotel Viaudey, being named after a trio of musician sisters, has been offering since 2022 Cultural Rendez-vous. Imperial Art offers dynamic, ambitious cultural program accessible to all by reservation with the strong desire to open the doors of the gallery to make it a true living center of art. Cycle of conferences, gallery concerts, exhibitions, so many privileged meetings with many amateurs and the chance to transmit the gallery’s passion for the characters and works of art that illustrate the great epics of our history. The Imperial Art Gallery makes it a point to participate in major international antique fairs such as TEFAF Maastricht from 25th to 30th June or Masterpiece London from June 30th to July 6th, to always be connected to the art market, to keep in touch with the many collectors and art lovers who meet there and to display the glory of the Napoleonic epic, complex and exciting times. The Imperial Art Gallery is open by appointment from Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm.
The Imperial Art Galerie, settled is Paris and Beijing, is mainly focusing on the French Napoleonic Empire. Through numerous exhibitions all around the world, in partnership with museums, fondations and luxury brands, the Gallery tends to spread the souvenir of the Imperial Greatness and the French refinement.

Artists

  • - Théodore Géricault (1791- 1824)
  • - Joseph-Boniface Franque (1774-1833)
  • - Martin-Guillaume Biennais (1764-1843)
  • - Robert Lefebvre (1755-1830)
  • - Paul Delaroche (workshop of) (1797-1856)