Discover the Legacy of Christian Lemesle and Galerie du Dragon:

Christian Lemesle, a prominent painter, showcased his art at Galerie du Dragon, located at
19 rue du Dragon, Paris 75006. The gallery, founded in 1955 by the young poet Max Clarac-Serou, played a pivotal role in promoting emerging artists and cultivating a vibrant artistic community. Unfortunately, it closed its doors in 1995.

Lemesle, a rising star of Galerie du Dragon, is closely associated with the gallery. Some pieces bear the gallery’s label, while others trace their provenance to David Findlay Gallery, West 57th New York City. The connection underscores the potential impact that marketing success could have had on these works.

Situated in the prestigious part of Paris, where Rue du Dragon intersects Boulevard Saint Germain near the Church Saint Germain des Près, this area was historically the center of literary activities. The gallery’s significance is further accentuated by its association with the BookStore of Time, as depicted in one of Lemesle’s paintings featuring a large clock.

The artistic space, originally known as “La Librairie du Temps” (the BookStore of Time), was transformed into an art gallery between 1946 and 1954. Managed by Nina Dausset and Manou Pouderoux, it became a cultural hub hosting exhibitions that highlighted the intersection of literature and art. Noteworthy events include an exhibition resulting from the collaboration between critic Jean Paulhan and artist Jean Dubuffet, marked by an invitation dated February 4th, 1950, featuring a drawing by Dubuffet.

This collection, marked by its rarity and exceptional quality, provides a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of Galerie du Dragon and its profound impact on the artistic landscape of Paris.

Mr. Andrea Nuti
Curator & Art Dealer