The Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI) announces the release of facsimiles of three important 1940s stock books from the Galerie Raphaël Gérard. The registers are the newest addition to the Galerie Félix Gérard and Galerie Raphaël Gérard Records on WPI’s Digital Archives.
Born into a family of art dealers, the French gallerist Raphaël Gérard (1886-1945) opened Galerie Raphaël Gérard at 4 avenue de Messine in Paris around 1932. Though they specialized in the Barbizon school, Impressionists, and contemporary masters, they also bought and sold paintings by Caravaggio, Veronese, or Rubens.
At the time, the gallery was an important place of business, as works of art moved across Europe to new owners in the United States at an unprecedented rate. The stock books provide critical information for provenance research on the works of artists bought and sold by the gallery between 1937 and 1945.
For more information, see digitalprojects.wpi.art/archive/detail/453312-galerie-felix-gerard-and-galerie-raphael-gerard-re.