Pascale is an expert in paintings and drawings from the 19th century. In 1979, following her studies at the École du Louvre and the Sorbonne, she joined Sotheby’s. For forty years, she was the head of the 19th Century Paintings and Drawings department at Sotheby’s Paris.
During her career at Sotheby’s, Pascale has examined and studied numerous works by Émile Friant and other naturalist painters. In 2018 she worked on the estate sale of Jean-Louis Burtin, Friant’s friend, which contained no less than nineteen works by the artist, including two of his most famous pictures : La discussion politique (1889) and Le repas frugal (1894). This auction helped bring awareness to the art of Friant.
Since September 2019, Pascale has been working in Paris as an independant expert, and continues working for Sotheby’s Department of 19th century Paintings and Drawings. She gladly accepted a role in the development of Émile Friant’s catalogue raisonné, longing for many years to partake in such an interesting project. She is dedicated to working diligently on this long overdue catalogue raisonné on Friant.
Translated from French to English by Ms Agnès Penot