The work of art

A work of art is a source of emotion - with a content that is immediately perceptible to some, but mysterious to others.

Oil paintings, drawings, engravings watercolours and sculptures are vehicles of ideas, of tenderness, of sensuality, of provocations and sorrows. They reflect a period, a thought, a state of being.

- perhaps the human plight. Artwork disturbs or upsets us, speaks to us, or creates a feeling of euphoria within us. They open up the twists and turns of unknown thoughts - latent or simply still fuzzy in our mind.

A work of art is lines, forms, colours - their union and their extravagant coupling giving birth to other forms and other colours.

It is this timeless magic that has always fascinated human beings, from time immemorial.

The works offered by the Bréheret Gallery are given directly by the artists*, a fact which naturally guarantees the authenticity of each, and a certificate may be obtained at the time of purchase. Special relationships with each artist mean a steady and lasting presence of their work, making the gallery a convivial spot for cultural exchanges - with the added possibility of meeting the artists on some occasion, especially at vernissages.

* In the case of lithographs, the works come from the official publisher.

There is surely no need to praise oil paintings. This technique was developed at the beginning of the l5th century. It offers great flexibility, and artists used it on wood - but the latter then gradually gave way to canvas.

Watercolours glow with incomparable light, thanks to the transparency of the pigments, bringing out the paper's whiteness.

The technique was brought to France around 1795 by two English artists, Bonington and the painter Turner, whose watercolours are famous for their fresh hues.

The romantic painters used this technique, as did the impressionists (Jongkind, Boudin...).

Other great masters have created chefs d'œuvre : Seurat, Signac, Dunoyer de Segonzac - and now Hanoteau, Rojas, Deschamps...

This technique offers colours of unusual smoothness, and it first appeared at the end of the 14th century. Such works delighted and charmed the knowledgeable amateurs at the 18th century Court.

Some very talented artists, such as Perronneau (1715-1783) and La Tour (the King's painter in 1750, who produced some superb pastels which can be admired at the Louvre Museum), attained perfection in this technique.

Degas and Redon also left us some pastels marked by exceptional emotion and quality, and the same is true of such contemporaries such as Cotton, Jacquelin, Girault...

Engravings, appreciated by both amateurs and collectors, have been a means of expression for many civilizations. Whether produced on wood, in relief or on metal (intaglio), they have enabled artists to express an internaI necessity.

Engraving on metal has changed very little since the 16th century Italy.

The Leiden master of the early 17th century, Rembrandt, Ieft us etchings of unusual quality, as did Jacques Callot, the famous romantic engraver from Lorraine, or the artists of the School of Fontainebleau.

Since then and until now, the greatest masters have created engravings Dürer, Ruysdaël, Watteau, Fragonard, Goya, Corot, Daumier, Lautrec, Rouault, Redon, Degas, Manet, Bonnard, Maillol, Matisse (more than 400), Derain, Vlaminck, Utrillo, Laurencin, Goerg, Dufy, Chagall, Buffet, Picasso, Hasegawa, Hartung, Trémois, Gromaire, Dunoyer de Segonzac, Ciry, Avati, Trignac, Bancal, Schkolnyk, Watanabé, Righetti, Shaler, Airam, Bersou, Deberdt, Chabrier...

Sculptures have existed for milleniums, spanning time and ages. Sculpturing consists in conceiving and realizing forms " en relief ", through modeling, size, welding or assembly. Several materials are used: stone marble, tin, bronze.

Pets following the example of Pompon.....or contemporary subjects such as Medee...

For a sculpture to be considered " work of art " , it can not exceed 8 copies.