Directors : Hervé Aaron, Bruno Desmarest

152 Boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris

Phone: +33 1 47 42 47 34

E-mails : ldesmarest@didieraaron-cie.com


Founded in 1923 the gallery is in its third generation and is now directed from New York by Hervé Aaron. To enable a closer relationship with its clients, the gallery is also represented at prestigious locations in Paris, directed by Bruno Desmarest, and London. At its three locations the gallery shows important works of art of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The gallery counts among its clients some of the greatest museums worldwide and in recent years has sold some significant works of art, including paintings by Titian and Nicolas Lancret.

Charles-Joseph NATOIRE, Etude pour L’Union de la Peinture et du Dessin

Charles-Joseph NATOIRE
(1700 Nîmes-Castelgandolfo 1777)

Study for ‘Union of drawing and painting’

Black chalk heightened with white chalk on blue paper
285 x 335 mm
Inscribed recto upper left: n° 26and verso in Dutch.



Sale Huquier, the Elder, Amsterdam, 14 September 1761 n° 1032: ‘Un sujet représentant la Peinture, et deux Génies, dessiné au crayon noir et rehaussé de blanc, par Charles Natoire’;
Collection of Jean Masson (1856-1933; Lugt ed., 1921, 1494a, lower left);
His sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 7-8 May 1923, n°156 (ill.);
Sold London, Christie's, 30 March 1975, lot 113; Paris, Galerie de Bayser, 1979.


This drawing is an early study for the Union of Painting and Drawing (location unknown), which Natoire did in 1746. The small cabinet picture, oil on panel (30 x 37 cm), was a pendant for Lyric poetry and music.