Saturday, September 18, 2021

Splendor on the Riviera

Galerie Dumonteil’s ‘Splendor on the Riviera’ exhibition

 

The opening of Galerie Dumonteil’s latest exhibition, Splendor on the Riviera, in New York was very much an Anglo-American affair.

 

One of the works of Camille Roche on display at Galerie Dumonteil
One of the works of Camille Roche on display at Galerie Dumonteil

The artist was well known for scenes featuring animals
The artist was well known for scenes featuring animals

The showcase centres upon the works of Camille Roche (1894 – 1948), a favourite of the likes of Coco Chanel and the Rothschild family in the interwar period, and features the contents of an English aristocratic family’s dining room from their villa on the Côte d’Azur. The items have been in storage for over seventy years.

 

Camille Roche’s story is tinged with sadness. Married to an American who was deported by the Nazis, the artist – best known for his frescoes of animals, the countryside and families – died of sadness in 1948. His atelier in the Loire region was reopened by his children in 1990 and Galerie Dumonteil’s exhibition is the first in New York  since a showcase was held at the Wildenstein Gallery in 1937.

 

The Marquess of Cholmondeley, Susan Gutfreund, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley and Franck Laverdin
The Marquess of Cholmondeley, Susan Gutfreund, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley and Franck Laverdin

Sharon Handler Loeb and Mai Hallingby Harrison
Sharon Handler Loeb and Mai Hallingby Harrison

Pierre-Michael Dumonteil, the Duchess of Marlborough, Franck Laverdin and Edgar Batista
Pierre-Michael Dumonteil, the Duchess of Marlborough, Franck Laverdin and Edgar Batista

Audrey Gruss and Pierre-Michel Dumonteil
Audrey Gruss and Pierre-Michel Dumonteil

Roric Tobin, Geoffrey Bradfield, Pierre-Michel Dumonteil and Dorian Dumonteil
Roric Tobin, Geoffrey Bradfield, Pierre-Michel Dumonteil and Dorian Dumonteil

Britain was represented at the opening party in the form of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley and the Duchess of Marlborough whilst the American elite numbered designer Geoffrey Bradfield, Susan Gutfreund (the wife of the “King of Wall Street” John H. Gutfreund) and Sharon Handler Loeb (the third wife of Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.).

 

The exhibition runs until the 23rd November.

 

Galerie Dumonteil, 475 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Telephone: +1 212 840 0475.

 

 

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