TRANSMISSION(S) – Jean-Pierre and Martine Nuaud Collection



A Selection of Artworks from the Auctions

TRANSMISSION(S) – Jean-Pierre and Martine Nuaud Collection


• Part I: October 10 at Tajan in Paris
• Part II: October 4 to 13 at


This October, Tajan will be auctioning part of Jean-Pierre and Martine Nuaud’s collection, two art-lovers from Nantes with eclectic and enlightened tastes.

Organised in two parts, the sale bears witness to Jean-Pierre Nuaud’s close ties with many curators, art critics and artists, including Philippe Cognée, François Morellet, Jacques Villeglé, Claude Viallat, Michel Seuphor, Robert Combas, Noël Fillaudeau, Stani Nitkowski and Jean-Joseph Sanfourche, and to his admiration for others he unfortunately never met, notably Gaston Chaissac and Jean Dubuffet.


“Initially trained as a senior technician in industry, I became a special educator for young offenders, then head of a workshop to train teenagers with disabilities, then director of an association that took in young women in great distress and social difficulty. Those, in a nutshell, are the jobs I’ve done, always different, exhilarating, difficult, time-consuming and requiring great responsibility”.

In these words Jean-Pierre Nuaud described himself in the introductory text to the Ce qui était murmure exhibition presented in Vézelay by the Fondation Yvonne et Christian Zervos association in 2017, which brought together nearly a hundred artworks from the collection.


Although he never made it his profession, Jean-Pierre Nuaud loved art and artists. His collection was essentially built up through encounters with artists he approached as part of his social work for associations such as Tréméac and Educ’Arts. It reveals the friendships he forged with them, as well as his insatiable curiosity, which led him into a wide variety of creative fields.

After a partial exhibition in June 2023 in the studio of Ariane Blanche, our regional correspondent in Nantes, this collection will be auctioned in Paris in October.

In June 2021, Jean-Pierre Nuaud made initial contact with Tajan to express his wish to auction his collection. His wife Martine and children François, Claire and Matthieu subsequently discovered their husband’s and father’s initiative, and wished to pursue it, not only by donating certain pieces to museums, but also by passing on this eclectic collection to the public through Tajan.


“What I like about him [J-P. Nuaud] is his passion for art and artists and the accuracy of his vision”.

Philippe Cognée




Jean-Joseph SANFOURCHE (1929-2010)
Gouache sur papier
Signé en bas à droite
Gouache on paper; signed lower right
65 x 50 CM – 25 5/8 X 19 3/4 IN.

800 / 1 200€




Gaston CHAISSAC (1910-1964)
Ripolin sur papier kraft marouflé sur toile
Ripolin on kraft paper laid on canvas
64 x 49 CM – 25 1/4 x 19 1/4 IN.

20 000 / 30 000€




Claude VIALLAT (né en 1936)
Cercle de barrique en bois et acrylique sur tissu
Daté et annoté ‘CE 15’ au dos
Wooden barrel ring and acrylic on fabric; dated and annotated on the reverse
Diam. 60 CM – 23 5/8 IN.

20 000 / 30 000€




François MORELLET (1926-2016)
SYSTÈME DE DÉSORDRE, 4 TRAMES 0° 45° 60° 90°, 1987
Encre et mine de plomb sur papier
Dédicacé ‘à Stani Nitkowski’ en haut et signé en bas
Ink and graphite on paper; dedicated at the top and signed at the bottom
20 x 20 CM – 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 IN.

3 000 / 5 000€




Jacques VILLEGLÉ (1926-2022)
Affiches lacérées marouflées sur toile
Titrée et datée ‘janvier 1991’ au dos
Torn posters laid down on canvas; titled and dated on the reverse
116 x 81 CM – 45 5/8 x 31 7/8 IN.

15 000 / 20 000€






DISCOVER “TRANSMISSION(S) PART I – Collection de Jean-Pierre et Martine Nuaud” AUCTION


Part I: Tuesday, October 10 in Paris
Part II: October 4 to 13 at



Eva Palazuelos
Modern Art | Head of Department
T. +33 1 53 30 30 48 | [email protected]


Julie Ralli
Contemporary Art | Director
T. +33 1 53 30 30 55 | [email protected]