Alexis Pentcheff Fine Art
Galerie Alexis Pentcheff specialises in modern painting from the second half of the 19th Century to the first half of the 20th Century, including impressionism, post-impressionism and modern art, with a focus on the most talented artists who worked in Provence. However, the gallery frequently presents French and international artists beyond this geography whose work may be relevant to its artistic programme. Since its opening, the art gallery has organised more than thirty exhibitions - painting, sculpture and design - and has participated in several international art fairs such as Brafa in Brussels.
On this website, you will be able to access our catalogue, read about our forthcoming exhibitions but also learn more about our past events and order our printed catalogues on our online bookshop. The gallery is always thrilled to answer any request you may have regarding art appraisal or a painting you wish to buy or sell. Please do not hesitate to contact us by email or telephone and to subscribe to our newsletter to receive our invitations to our upcoming events.
The gallery regularly presents works by impressionist, post-impressionist and modern painters. Attached to Provence, she specializes in artists who have worked on the Mediterranean coasts. Influenced by the singular light and the intense heat of the region, the masters of modernity meet there and form an unprecedented artistic emulation that the gallery tries to transcribe in thematic exhibitions and cutting-edge selections.
Since its opening, the gallery has specialised in 19th and 20th-century Provençal painting. Taking Émile Loubon and his resolutely modern teaching as a starting point, the gallery aims to highlight the artistic influence of Provence with his most illustrious students, including Raphaël Ponson (1835 - 1904), Paul Guiguou (1834 - 1971), Jean-Baptiste Olive (1848 - 1936), or Joseph Garibaldi (1863 - 1941). Following this approach, the gallery’s reach extends to the development of modernity in the region with the work of famous Marseilles figures, sometimes marginal ones, with René Seyssaud (1867 - 1952), Auguste Chabaud (1882 - 1955), Alfred Lombard (1884 - 1973), Pierre Girieud (1876 - 1948), Augustin Carrera (1878 - 1952), Louis-Mathieu Verdilhan (1875 - 1928) and Pierre Ambrogiani (1907 - 1985).
At the end of the 19th century, the history of the city of Marseille and its colonial past as a place of exchange and a strategic travelling point towards the East, led many painters to express a deep fascination for new lands. With Jospeh Inguimberty, then André Maire, and Paul Jouve, the gallery, through new exhibitions and publications seeks to take a fresh look at these travelling painters whose works, influenced by multiple peregrinations in Asia, India and Africa, have radically changed our Western perception.
During thematic temporary exhibitions and "hors les murs" projects, the gallery also presents works for sale from post-war and contemporary artists, forming a relevant dialogue between different times and pictorial styles. Always seeking artistic coherence, it features French and international artists whose discourse seems to support its voice and artistic selections.
Highly implied in René Gruau’s international representation, Galerie Alexis Pentcheff acquired the artist’s studio collection in 2018, gathering today the largest collection of original works in the world. The gallery aims to present all aspects of his work through diverse projects, including a retrospective held at the gallery in 2016 and international events showcasing gouaches, inks, and pencil on paper, in order to illustrate the richness and influence of his artistic production.
Exhibitions and events
Brafa in the galleries
27 January 2021
31 January 2021
For this rather special BRAFA, the gallery is pleased to welcome you to its Marseille space for an exhibition dedicated to modern art masters. Among this exceptional show, we will be delighted to present a rare painting by Pierre Bonnard, entitled Femme à sa toilette, painted around 1907.
intimités & horizons
Giulia Pentcheff & Sophie Maket
|Number of pages||128|
|Format||21 x 21 cm|
Galerie Alexis Pentcheff and Galerie Maket were pleased to present a retrospective dedicated to the work of Jacques Martin-Ferrières. On this occasion, nearly one hundred and twenty paintings and sixty gouaches were gathered between Paris and Marseilles.
From Collioure to Yugoslavia, through Marseille, Venice, Paris, and the United States, Jacques Martin-Ferrières revives our curiosity as visitors with his human crowds, appearing as nostalgic visions of universal folklore.
Son of the famous painter Henri Martin, Jacques tried to break away from this filiation throughout his career, although he admits his father’s considerable influence.
Permanently seeking authenticity in his work, Martin-Ferrières is an artist immutably guided by a global vision of mankind and a subtle sensitivity to nature. He voluntarily distances himself from artistic fashions and revolutionary movements that he considers vulgar and ephemeral. Risking to appear conservative, his painting displays a real search for truth. An explorer of vibrant territories, Martin-Ferrières is eager for discoveries that he trans- lates into universal visual expressions.
The painter exults in the observation of new horizons and yet lingers over depicting the flavor of intimacy, the delicacy of a family scene, or still life. In all his subjects, the painter exercises his brushes to a contagious enthusiasm. This two-part event took a new look at a discreet work on the art market and suggests a thematic approach.
First, still lifes and Parisian views of the early days, influenced by impressionist principles; then Italy, and with it evidence of the first voyages; finally, the consecration at the Salon, at the Georges Petit Gallery and the Charpentier Gallery, where many pictorial expressions of immortal journeys were brought together including the folklore of Yugoslavia, the intense heat of Spain, the rosy light of Greece and Venice of course, the city which, according to the artist, remains the most joyful to paint. However, it is in Paris, in the fury of the Trente Glorieuses, that Martin-Ferrières precisely captures the powerful energy of modern life.