Artcurial Monaco invites you to discover a selection of artworks from the One Hundred Portraits for a Century, a Parisian collection sale, in an exhibition which will take place from 17th December 2021 to 20th January 2022 in our Monaco office. This collection, which will be sold on 15th February in Paris, has been assembled with passion for over more than 40 years. This gallery of portraits constitutes a complete overview of French society in the 18th century, including Louis XV, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, as well as winegrowers, painters, doctors and religious figures.
The Parisian art lover who assembled this collection was passionate about a century - the Enlightenment -, a territory - the Kingdom of France and its area of influence - at the height of its influence, although he allowed himself a few escapes, and finally a pictorial genre - the portrait - which at the time was experiencing an unprecedented craze, affecting the vast majority of the various strata of society.
The particularity of the portrait is that the person represented is as important as the person who represents him or her. Thus, thanks to the research of this collector and other equally enthusiastic amateurs, discoveries and identifications were made in the course of acquisitions, with the help of annotations found on the back of the works, or of patient research and comparisons. The faces we are given to contemplate are those of personalities of the Enlightenment whose names are known to us, members of the royal family, figures of the Court of Versailles, city dwellers, peasants, people of the Church, of letters, of money, of the land, separated from us by the centuries but remaining our fellow human beings.