Guy de Labretoigne

Guy de Labretoigne

Specialties: equestrian arts

He was barely five years old when his grandfather, horseman emeritus, collector of paintings and friend of the artists, led him to exhibitions in vernissages and racetracks in jumping fields. This benevolent affection would determine his life and his passions: it will be art and the horse.
After a career with horses, as a cavalry officer in the Military Equestrian Sports (he will be the leader for five years from 1996 to 2001), Guy de Labretoigne joined the art world he had already approached in her youth. In many ways, these two worlds rub shoulders and look alike.
His two poles of attraction will do only one when he will specialize in art and horse by declining this theme through: books, engravings, drawings, paintings, bronzes, harnessing equipment and collectibles related to his favorite animal.
In this spirit he will work with several auctioneers and will launch in 2003 in Saumur with Xavier de La Perraudiére the first sales around the theme of the horse.
Each year, he is curator of a Salon that presents, in Saumur, the work of contemporary artists who have addressed in their works the equestrian theme.
In 2012, he wrote the Raisonné Catalog of the animal sculptor Gaston d’Illiers (1876-1932).
In 2014, he published another book on equestrian sculptures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, whose title recalls its cavalier origins: “To our horses and those who sculpt them”. The circulation, limited to six hundred copies, of this work is
today exhausted.
He is currently working on a dictionary of horse painters, to be published in early 2019.
Expert in animal art, he produces inventories, gives estimates, authenticates works, buys and sells all objects of art concerning the horse.
And when he does not do that … he rides.

Guy de Labretoigne

06 88 56 26 27

email

gdelab@orange.fr

adresse

Santagny 71460 Genouilly

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