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Catherine Deneuve, Icon of an Era

Galerie de l'Instant pays tribute to Catherine Deneuve, actress, woman and muse, with two exhibitions in two key locations in Paris.

In the 1960s, Catherine Dorléac became Catherine Deneuve, her mother's real pseudonym. She had never wanted to become an actress, but took on a series of small roles alongside her sister Françoise. That was until a decisive encounter with Jacques Demy. In Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, he gave the twenty-year-old actress her first major role. The shoot was a turning point for Deneuve, who in less than two years went from success to success: Delphine in Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, Carole in Répulsion, or the mysterious Tristana in Belle de Jour.

Catherine Deneuve with her sister Françoise Dorléac, 1964 © François Gragnon - Paris Match / La Galerie de l'Instant

Filming of Philippe de Broca's film "Un monsieur de compagnie". 1964 © François Gragnon - Paris Match / La Galerie de l'Instant

Catherine Deneuve on the set of Luis Bunuel's "Tristana", 1969 © Philippe Le Tellier - Paris Match / La Galerie de l'Instant

With her unique gaze, elegantly styled blond hair and elusive smile, Catherine Deneuve is the icon of an era. Far from being a frozen beauty, the actress' fierce freedom is caught in the lenses of Kate Barry, Bert Stern and set photographer Georges Pierre.

Filming of Philippe de Broca's "L'africain", 1982 © Georges Pierre / La Galerie de l'Instant

Catherine Deneuve with Serge Gainsbourg on the set of Claude Berri's "Je vous aime", 1980 © Georges Pierre / La Galerie de l'Instant

Catherine Deneuve on the set of Jean Aurel's "Manon 70", 1968 © Georges Pierre / La Galerie de l'Instant

Alongside David Bowie on the set of Les Prédateurs, sharing an intimate moment with Gainsbourg, or as a Nouvelle Vague star in Jean Aurel's Manon 70, the Galerie offers a glimpse into several periods of her life. A life colored by the seventh art. In fact, it was for the filming of Les Parisiennes (1961) that she dyed her hair platinum blonde, the star's mythical signature.

Paris, 2002. © Kate Barry / La Galerie de l'Instant

Catherine Deneuve with David Bowie during a break in the filming of "Les prédateurs", 1982. Jean Claude Deutsch - Paris Match / La Galerie de l'Instant

Paris, 2002 © Kate Barry / La Galerie de l'Instant

The Catherine Deneuve, Rive droite Rive gauche exhibition can be seen at the Hôtel Lutetia, 45 boulevard Raspail Paris 6e, from June 21 to September 8, 2023, and

from June 22 to October 1, 2023 at the Galerie de l’Instant, 46 rue de Poitou, Paris 3e

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Catherine Deneuve on the set of Jean Aurel's film "Manon 70". Vogue France, Paris, 1995 © François Gragnon - Paris Match / La Galerie de l'Instant

Vogue France, Paris, 1995 © Ellen Von Unwerth / La Galerie de l'Instant

Café Marly, Paris, 1996 © Luc Roux - Getty / La Galerie de l'Instant

Paris, 1964 © Bert Stern / La Galerie de l'Instant

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