Gérard Depardieu’s art collection dispersed at Drouot

“Composition T1971-E20” (1971), by Hans Hartung, one of the works acquired by Gérard Depardieu and put up for sale at Drouot.

Works by Giacometti, Rodin, Zadkine, Niki de Saint Phalle, Hartung, Duchamp… These sculptures, paintings and drawings belonging to Gérard Depardieu and which populated his mansion on rue du Cherche-Midi, in the 6e arrondissement of Paris, will be sold at auction on September 26 and 27 at the Hôtel Drouot by the Ader house. Estimated between 3 and 5 million euros, the collection from which the actor separates brings together no less than 250 works, mostly by 20th century artists.e century: among these, around thirty paintings by Eugène Leroy, around twenty by Henri Michaux and a sculpture by Germaine Richier, The walking manestimated between 500,000 and 800,000 euros, the highest in the collection.

The people in charge of the sale, David Nordmann and Xavier Dominique – who had already been in charge of the auctions for the liquidation of Depardieu’s restaurant, La Fontaine Gaillon, in 2019 – presented some of these pieces to the press on Thursday, June 15 .

It is a collection that “matches the character”, according to David Nordmann, who specifies that the interpreter of Cyrano de Bergerac, aged 74, separates himself from these works in order to “lighten up a bit”. At home, the paintings are not hung on the walls but stacked on top of each other, scattered in all the rooms, describes the auctioneer.

Charged with rape and sexual assault

Xavier Dominique says that the actor began to obtain sculptures by Rodin after having interpreted him at the cinema in 1987, in the film Camille Claudel by Bruno Nuytten. He also evokes it through a soundtrack unveiled at the beginning of the presentation: “Rodin’s experience is precisely the inhumanity that he had at the sensitive level between people, between people, it was his frenzied ambition. » The person in charge of the sale also explains that the actor was not guided by a specialist in his purchases and that he decided to buy a work because he liked it and not to speculate because that, he has none. “nothing to fuck”he would have told her.

The dispersion comes at a time when the actor is implicated by several women for rape and sexual assault during filming, between 2004 and 2022, accusations which he disputes. He has been indicted since 2021 for suspicion of rape and sexual assault on actress Charlotte Arnould. Revelations that are likely to disrupt the sale. “I hope people will make a good distinction between the news (judicial) and the quality of this collection”, wants to believe David Nordmann.

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