16 rue de Seine75006 Paris - FranceOpening hours
Monday to Saturday
From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Pierre Soulages, Peinture 162 x 130 cm, 14 décembre 1958
© Adagp, Paris 2009
| ||After many years as a collector, Bernard Prazan founded his first gallery in 1989. Dedicated from the outset to the School of Paris, the Applicat-Prazan space at 16 Rue de Seine has presented a choice of works, many of them never seen before, by the most important painters active in Paris in the 1950s.|
Since 2004 the gallery has been directed by Bernard’s son, Franck Prazan. This discreet man has exercised his managerial talents with a number of luxury companies including Le Bon Marché, Christian Dior and Cartier International. As the managing director of Christie’s France he oversaw the company’s move to Avenue Matignon in Paris and transformed a simple front office into a fully-fledged auction house. He also co-founded a consultancy specialising in art from the postwar decades and working for private collectors.
Today, his objective is to capitalise on the know-how and reputation of Applicat-Prazan by continuing to concentrate on painting from the 1950s, and by offering collectors the most interesting works from this field. Franck Prazan is well aware of the dealer’s role as guide to collectors who are sometimes confused by the ever-increasing quantity of artworks put before them.
Applicat-Prazan exhibits at TEFAF Maastricht, the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, and the FIAC. Some of the works it has presented at these international events have aroused particular interest:
The remarkable Painting 195 x 130, 21 August 1958 by Pierre Soulages (Biennale 2006), the Nude on Chair by Wifredo Lam, 1942 (TEFAF 2006), the magisterial Battle of Golden Spurs by Georges Mathieu, 1957 (TEFAF 2005), a fabulous drip painting by Riopelle from 1950 (TEFAF 2007), the great Toilette by Magnelli from 1917 (Biennale 2006), the impressive Painting 202 x 143 cm, 17 June 1965 by Pierre Soulages (FIAC 2007), and, most recently, the entrancing Red Bottles, 1955 (TEFAF 2008) and the very important Hiver by Manessier, 1954 (Biennale des Antiquaires 2008).
The exhibition Schneider, Œuvres majeures autour d’un tableau d’exception, presented at the FIAC 2006, was also a huge success. In May 2007 the Applicat-Prazan gallery had the privilege of presenting Mes années 50, an exhibition of works from the private collection of Alain Delon. In September 2007, the exhibition Présence, silences, hommage à Geer van Velde gave visitors the opportunity to rediscover the subtle palette of this great painter. In March-April 2008 the Poliakoff exhibition no doubt marked an important new step in this artist’s rise on the international market as did the Atlan exhibition organized from October to December 2008, concurrently with the exhibition of the Atlan Bequest at the Centre Pompidou.
ArtistsJean-Michel Atlan, Karel Appel, Martin Barré, Jean René Bazaine, Roger Bissière, Serge Charchoune, Corneille, Olivier Debré, Jean Degottex, Jean Dubuffet, Maurice Estève, Jean Fautrier, Hans Hartung, Auguste Herbin, Jean Hélion, Otto Freundlich, Asger Jorn, Wifredo Lam, André Lanskoy, Alberto Magnelli, Alfred Manessier, André Masson, Georges Mathieu, Roberto Matta, Serge Poliakoff, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Gérard Schneider, Pierre Soulages, Nicolas de Staël, Victor Vasarely, Bram van Velde, Geer van Velde, Maria Elena Vieira da Silva, Wols, ou encore Zao Wou-ki