The WPI is pleased to announce the release of two important archival collections documenting the history of art dealing and collecting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries France.
Galerie Félix Gérard and Galerie Raphaël Gérard Recordsc. 1899–1959
This collection documents the activities of the galleries founded by Félix Laurent Joseph Gérard and later by his grandson Raphaël Louis Félix Gérard. The Belgium-born Félix Gérard opened a gallery in Paris where he traded works by major artists such as Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet.
The Galerie Raphaël Gérard was an important place of business during World War II which bought and sold many significant paintings such as Claude Monet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe and Paul Gauguin’s Christ Jaune. This collection includes administrative files from Galerie Félix Gérard and a large assortment of photographic reproductions of works from the Galerie Raphaël Gérard.