The art connoisseur, who was a close friend of artist Anselm Kiefer, brought together the classical and the contemporary.
‘This is really a portrait of the man himself,’ says Edmond Francey, Senior Specialist and International Director for Post-War & Contemporary Art, of the collection of Pierre Rochelois, which will be auctioned on 27 September at Christie’s Paris. The sale’s title, Droit de Regard, he explains, references a legal term as well as the idea of observation, which is key to art, punning on Rochelois’ dual identity. Considered to be one of the most important notaries in France, he was also a ‘connoisseur’ who became close friends with one of the greatest artists of our time, Anselm Kiefer. Rochelois’ collection has long been housed in a beautiful apartment at the heart of the Marais in Paris, a site that reflects what Francey terms, the ‘tension’ between old and new that runs through the artworks it comprises. Originally a 17th-century hôtel particulier, the apartment is also strikingly modern in style. For Francey, the art — ranging from classical to contemporary — acts as a kind of trait d’union, or bridge, ‘between these two worlds’, resonating with both elements of the building. Outside a stunning garden becomes the idyllic setting for sculptures by Germaine Richier and César nestled among the lavender and hydrangeas they create a dialogue with the antiquities on display in the apartment. Learn More: https://www.christies.com/features/The-collection-of-Pierre-Rochelois-11834-1.aspx?sc_lang=en&lid=1