This autumn – at the same time as the Biennale des Antiquaires – the Canesso Gallery is to hold an innovative exhibition under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Paris . The event is dedicated to a newly-discovered painter of the seventeenth century whose oeuvre has only been recently been identified. The curator of the exhibition, Gerlinde Gruber of the Kunsthistorisches Museum , Vienna , has proposed a conventional name – apparently anachronistic but highly effective – for this anonymous artist: the Master of the Blue Jeans.
He stands out as one of the most original painters of reality in seventeenth-century Europe, above all for his depictions of humble folk dressed in twilled cotton cloth from Genoa (Gênes in French, hence jeans), which was to evolve into the well-known contemporary material. The exhibition will present a chronological display of works by artists who preceded and followed the Master, such as Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677), Eberhard Keilhau, called Monsù Bernardo (c. 1624-1687), Michael Sweerts (1608 – 1664) and finally Giacomo Francesco Cipper, called Il Todeschini (1664-1736) and the great Lombard painter Giacomo Ceruti (1698-1767).
The Canesso Gallery will have the benefit of loans from foreign institutions: a painting by Michael Sweerts from the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome , and one by Eberhard Keilhau, called Monsù Bernardo, from the Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna . It will also be able to count on significant and generous loans from private collections.
The event will be organized in collaboration with the designers Marithé and François Girbaud, French pioneers of international renown in the world of jeans. On this occasion they will present a new process for creating jeans through ecologically advanced laser technology, Wattwash ®.