Brafa is one of the leading European art and antiques fairs. All art works on show are for sale and quality and authenticity are two of the requirements exhibitors face. Brafa is an eclectic fair which encompasses a variety of specialities, from antiquity to the 21st century.
BRAFA has become an important part of the Stern Pissarro Gallery calendar and we are delighted to be returning in 2017 for our third consecutive year. Every year, the gallery presents works that quickly prove to be amongst the highlights of the fair.
This year, the centrepiece will be a magnificent René Magritte entitled Nocturne, executed in 1923, just before the artist formulated his surrealist style.
These early works are rare on the market and Nocturne is unique in that it demonstrates the influence of Cubism on the artist’s style, whilst also showing the beginnings of the smooth blending of colour (visible on the figures' legs) that would come to define Magritte’s signature style.
Stern Pissarro Gallery’s stand will also include this year a small exhibition of Marc Chagall, presenting 10 works that concentrate mainly on the 1950s, including some of the original works that were produced for the Verve publications of 1956 and 1960 dedicated to illustrations of Old Testament stories. These works come from a private collection, having been acquired from the artist’s son in 1986. Fresh to the market, they make a spectacular and unusual group.
As in previous years, the gallery will also be showing some important Impressionist paintings. Amongst them will be two works fresh to the market. A work by Camille Pissarro from 1872 entitled Bords de l’Oise, Environs de Pontoise will be shown alongside a later work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir entitled Bord de Rivière, Rameur dans une Barque.