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Top 3 Parisian galleries of figurative art

For many, Paris remains the ultimate City of Art. Who among us has never thought about that phantasmagorical image of bohemian life at the turn of the 20th century, from Toulouse Lautrec’s Montmartre to Picasso’s Bateau Lavoir. The leading galleries in the contemporary art world are once again opening exhibition spaces in Paris and French entrepreneurs have been emerging on the international scene as of late. New galleries and artist-run spaces are popping up every month, which is both wonderful and frustrating as it’s getting hard to know where to go to see the best art in the city.

To make it easier for you, we have listed the top 3 best contemporary art galleries in Paris below. 

Estades Gallery

Estades Gallery is one of the many must-see places when you visit Paris. Since 2009, this gallery has been bringing together all the popular figurative and contemporary art pieces, especially the iconic artworks of the famous painter Michel Estades. The gallery’s address is the following: 17 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris, France. To find more information, you can visit this website: Estades gallery.

Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery

Thaddaeus Ropac grew up far away from the art world in southern Austria. Fascinated by contemporary art, he worked as an assistant to Joseph Beuys at the age of 22, where he met Warhol and Basquiat, and soon became their gallery manager in Europe.

Ropac now has galleries in London, Paris, and Salzburg, representing the estates of legendary artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as some of the most influential artists of our time, including Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Alex Katz, and Erwin Wurm. In 2013, he also opened a gigantic gallery in Pantin, northeast of Paris.

Daniel Templon Gallery

Daniel Templon is none other than the leader of gallery owners in Paris! After opening his first gallery in 1966, he moved in 1972, settling right next to the not yet built Centre Pompidou, where his gallery still is today. He made a name for himself by introducing major American art figures such as Ellsworth Kelly and Willem de Kooning to the French market and launching France’s most renowned art magazine, Art Press in the 1970s. Templon has managed to remain relevant in the ever-changing art world. 

His current programme aims to foster a dialogue between generations as he represents established French artists such as Viallat and Ben as well as rising international stars such as Kehinde Wiley, who painted Barack Obama’s official portrait, and Chiharu Shiota, whose monumental woven-wire installations are rapidly entering major collections around the world. 

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