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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Beauford at the Galerie Prismes - 6, rue Monsieur le Prince

The New York Times recently published an article entitled "Beyond Abstract Expressionism: MoMA Rethinks the Art of the 1950s," in which it featured a stunning pastel Beauford Delaney abstract.

Untitled
(c. 1955) Pastel on paper
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

It reminded me of a similar pastel abstract dated 1956, an image of which I included in an article I published a couple of years ago about Beauford's first solo exhibition in Paris. That show was held at the Galerie Prismes, which was located at 6, rue Monsieur le Prince in the 6th arrondissement.

I have not yet been able to find images of the façade at the time the gallery occupied the premises, but I'm pleased to share photos of what it looks like today.

6, rue Monsieur le Prince - entrance
©​Entrée to Black Paris
6, rue Monsieur le Prince - left of entrance
©​Entrée to Black Paris
6, rue Monsieur le Prince - right of entrance
©​Entrée to Black Paris

It's possible that the gallery was located in the storefront space to the left or the right of the entrance.

It may even have been located in a courtyard behind the (now) blue double doors that serve as the entrance to this address.

Read the article about Beauford's Galerie Prismes show here: Beauford at the Galerie Prismes

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