La Galerie du Passage

Madeleine Castaing was known as the "magician of decoration." An avid antique collector, she customized furniture, often with bright velvet fabric, giving a contemporary look to nineteenth century pieces. Inspired by a neoclassical aesthetic, she created a deep turquoise shade of blue, called the "Castaing blue." This exhibition assembles pieces from private collections along with furniture and objects originating from her secondary home in Lèves, near Chartres. Castaing (1894-1992) gathered artists and writers together at Lèves until the house was occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War. Then, defiantly, she opened her own gallery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. With the aim of creating "poetry with furniture," she reinvented Jean Cocteau's house. In life, she counted Erik Satie, Marc Chagall and Picasso among her friends. She was also a patron of the expressionist painter Chaïm Soutine, some of whose works are on display here. Castaing is something of a legend in France, revered for her interior design and impeccable taste – as this exhibition shows.

February 13 through March 15, 2008
20-26 galerie Véro-Dodat
75001 Paris
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