Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Galerie Bernheim Jeune
printer-friendly view
type Dealer/Gallery
dates 1863–
city Paris
countryFrance
gender n/a
history It all begins in Basançon, the Doubs department of the Jura region near the Alps, in 1795. Joseph Bernheim, manufacturer and merchant of colors and supplies for artists, starts collecting his clients' paintings.

His son Alexander (1839–1915) befriends Delacroix, Corot and Gustave Courbet who paint in the region. In 1863 Alexander moves to Paris on Courbet's advice. He opens a gallery at 8, rue Laffite where he exhibits painters of the Barbizon school, and, beginning at 1874, the first impressionists before they receive any attention or public acclaim.

In 1901 Alexander organizes the first show of Vincent Van Gogh in Paris with the help of his sons Josse(1870–1941) and Gaston (1870–1953). These two young men will propel the Bernheim-Jeune gallery into the limelight of the modern art world.

In 1906 they open a gallery on 25, boulevard de la Madeleine. Josse and Gaston present Bonnard, Vuillard, Cezanne, Cross, Seurat, Van Dongen, Matisse, Douanier Rousseau, Raoul Dufy, Vlaminck, Modigliani, Utrillo. The Bernheim-Jeune Gallery becomes the center of the avant-garde.

1925 they move to the avenue Matignon, at the corner of rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré. The premises are inaugurated by the French president Gaston Doumergue on the occasion of the vernissage of "Masterpieces of the XIX and XX Century". Cezanne, Cross, Seurat, Van Dongen, Gauguin, Matisse, Douanier Rousseau, Raoul Dufy, Vlaminck, Modigliani, Utrillo, Renoir, are exhibited, and the gallery becomes the bastion of impressionism.

Bernheim-Jeune publish the fine arts review LE BULLETIN DE LA VIE ARTISTIQUE and books on painters.

Privileged relationships tie them to the masters of their times. Renoir, Bonnard, Vuillard, Carrière, do their family portraits. Artists, painters and sculptors like Rodin and Maillol are their intimate friends.
decades1860-1870
1870-1880
1880-1890
1890-1900
1900-1910
1910-1920
1920-1930
1930-1940
1940-1950
1950-1960
websitehttp://www.bernheim-jeune.com/
phone33(0)1 42 66 60 31
updated 11/18/2014 04:49
bibliographic
search
Search FRESCO (Frick Library Catalog)
Search Arcade (NYARC Catalog)
Search Worldcat
Repository Description Links
Galerie Bernheim-Jeune Galerie Bernheim-Jeune Records see details...
The Getty Research Institute Records of the Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Galerie Bonnier, 1918-1997. see details...