Erika Gagé

Studio & Gallery
Au Jardin des Arts
71 Grande Rue
77630 Barbizon

Tel: 01 60 66 26 72


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Erika Portrait Erika Gagé was born in Germany and started her career in Paris (Gallery Diana, place Vendôme). She has regularly participated in exhibitions in the Grand-Palais. She has shown her works throughout France and abroad and gained international recognition by winning numerous awards, among them the Grand Prix of the International Salon in Barbizon in 1977. Her paintings have been purchased by collectors and museums worldwide. Erika paints local landscapes and flowers in which she expresses her love of nature. Her work also includes abstractions and cityscapes in which she demonstrates her fascination for the play of lights. Erika never restricts herself to one specific direction or actual trend in painting and considers the diversity of her work as her freedom. This is why her paintings are a constant surprise and a never ending discovery.

Erika Portrait Après avoir quitté Paris, Erika Gagé fête sa vie artistique tous les jours à Barbizon. Elle peint par vocation depuis sa prime jeunesse et a commencé sa carrière à Paris. Ses oeuvres ont été exposées et acquises partout dans le monde, tant par des particuliers que par des musées. Elle a participé à de nombreuses expositions au Grand Palais à Paris et à l'Exposition internationale de Barbizon en 1977 où elle obtînt le Grand Prix. C'est dans ce village historique qu'elle a réalisé son rêve d'artiste : travailler dans un atelier donnant sur un jardin fleuri. L'ayant fait restaurer avec grand respect des lieux, elle s'installe en 1989 dans ce qui est à Barbizon, dans la Grande Rue, le dernier atelier authentique de l'époque Millet/Rousseau encore en activité.

Erika Portrait Erika Gagé-Bethke ist in der Nähe von Tilsit geboren und hat in Paris ihre Karriere als Malerin gemacht. Seit 1989 lebt sie in Barbizon, dem Malerdorf bei Fontainebleau. Ihre Bilder wurden regelmässig in der Galerie Diana (rue de Castiglione) und im Grand-Palais in Paris gezeigt. Es folgten Ausstellungen im Ausland, in Deutschland u.a. in Hamburg, Duesseldorf und München. In Barbizon wurden ihre Werke 1977 auf einem internationalen Wettbewerb mit dem ersten Preis ausgezeichnet. Seit dieser Zeit war ein Atelier im Dorf von Barbizon ihr Wunschtraum, der sich 1989 verwirklichen sollte. Mit ihrer Familie erwarb sie das fast 200 Jahre alte halbzerfallene authentische Atelier und machte es in mühevoller Arbeit zu einem Ort erneuter Begegnungen für Kunstliebhaber aus der ganzen Welt. Sie können sich an den Bildern in den Ausstellungsräumen erfreuen und haben Zugang zum Atelier und dem farbenfreudigen Garten.

エリカの芸術の庭』は、19世紀中ごろの初期印象派の画家たちが集まったフォンテーヌブロウの近くのバルビゾンの村にある歴史的な場所です。 エリカは1989年、バルビゾンのグランドリュにある約200年前の家を購入し、念願の夢を実現しました。この家はアイルランド人のラフカオディオハーン(小泉八雲)の作品を翻訳したマルクロッジ婦人また1964年にニューヨークで出版された「An American Womans Story of Traffic in Patriots」の著者であるドリュ タルティエロ婦人など、芸術家、作家、詩人たちの集まるサロンとなりました。 エリカは完全に修復され当時の雰囲気を再現したこの家の美しさを友人たちと分かち合うことを楽しみ、創造的な仕事を続けることに最大の夢と喜びを感じています。 エリカガジェはドイツに生まれパリでキャリアを積み(ヴァンドーム広場のギャラリー、ディアナ)グランパレの展覧会には毎回参加していました。 フランスだけでなく国際的にも名声を高め、1977年のバルビゾン国際サロンのグランプリを始めとする賞を数多く受賞しており、コレクターや世界の美術館が購入しています。 エリカはこの地方の風景や花を描くことにより自然への愛を表現しました。また抽象画や都市の風景を描いた作品の中ではこの作家が光の戯れに魅せられていたことが見て取れます。エリカは自分の絵画のの方向を定義することも流行の手法を用いることもせず、多様な作風で描けていますが、それはそのままエリカ自身の自由を表現するものであります。エリカの各品にいつも新鮮な驚きを新しい発見があるのはそのためでしょう。


Studio Gallery

Erika´s garden of the arts is a scenic historic place in the heart of the artists' village of Barbizon near Fontainebleau, which became the center of the pre-impressionist painting movement in the middle of the 19th century. Realizing her dream, Erika bought the 200 year old studio located in Grande Rue in 1989. The house was a gathering place for artists, writers, and poets such as André Billy, Roland Dorgelès and Francis Carco. The studio has been entirely restored and turned back to its original splendor. Since the reopening of the studio Erika´s aim and joy is to share the beauty of her house and to pursue the tradition of creativity by presenting her work. A short walk across the studio garden will take you to the artist’s own gallery which showcases her latest works, etching, watercolour and handcrafted collectibles for visitors to purchase.



A small sample of Erika's works; click to view the full-sized images.

Art Review

Ebadur Rahman (Author, Critic)

The Artist's Studio is a place of seduction and transformative power in Oscar Wilde's work. The Picture of Dorian Gray opens in a studio: Dorian is first seduced by Lord Henry Wotton's decadent pronouncements and here the picture that leads Dorian to ruin is created. The dual images of creation and decay represented by the studio draw Wilde's reader into the very public battle waging over Aestheticism, the movement that adopted Wilde as its most prominent emblem and most notorious sinner. Not surprisingly, few years prior to the publication of Dorian Gray, the little hamlet of Barbizon, on the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau, became the promised land for a group of French painters ...

... Jean-François Millet,Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot,Théodore Rousseau etc. who later came to know as the Barbizon school of painters--searching refuge form the insipid, mordant, decadent and aesthetic claustrophobia of Paris; this exodus signalled a departure from formalism--a 1824, Salon de Paris exhibition of the works of John Constable evidenced to be catalytic too -- and, with reverence and a conviction to reconnect with a source that resides within/out, a move to draw inspiration directly from Nature.

It is still in this light that Erika Gagé for over 20 years in Barbizon has unbarred the doors of her Studio to you. You may not be a working artist, maybe you are trying to find form for your creative energies or trying to use art-making to come closer to yourself. At her Studio, Erika provides a ground for experiencing the passion and working with the challenges of bearing those gifts that are uniquely your own.The rounded-corner of the studio provides plenty of light and beautiful views of the garden. A short walk across the garden will take you to Erika's Gallery which showcases her latest works, etching, watercolour and handcrafted collectibles for visitors to purchase.

If you are visiting France and planning to come to Barbizon -- a Montmartre in the woods -- come and see Erika’s Au Jardin des Arts, see her personal working environment, works in progress and visit the gallery with completed works, peruse, and perhaps purchase something exquisite, charming and charged with history to add to your collection or to live with. (You can pre-book for painting lessons and group visits of the studio) Permit yourself to stop and get enchanted in Barbizon.



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Erika Gagé | "Au Jardin des Arts"
71 Grande Rue, 77630 Barbizon (View Map)
Tel: 01 60 66 26 72

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