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Corporate author Bignou Gallery.
Title Bignou Gallery Albums, circa 1930s-1940s.
Description 10.0 linear feet.
Arrangement Albums are arranged alphabetically by artist or movement.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  MS.024    AVAILABLE BY APPT
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Summary The collection consists of 33 albums containing photographs of artwork that passed through the hands of the Bignou Gallery during the 1930s and 1940s. Many of the photographs are accompanied by information about the painting such as physical description, exhibition history, and provenance. The artists included are mainly French from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, and include such luminaries as Cézanne, Corot, Dufy, Matisse, and Renoir.
Biographical/historical note Étienne Bignou (1891-1950) was a Parisian art dealer, noted for his paintings by artists such as Cézanne, Daumier, Corot, Degas, Renoir, Dérain, Picasso, Utrillo and Matisse. He opened his own gallery in 1927, and after Georges Petit's death, he purchased Petit's firm with dealers Gaston and Josse Bernheim-Jeune. Georges Keller was appointed director of the Galerie Georges Petit in 1929. After the gallery closed in 1933, Keller continued to work with Bignou at his Galerie Étienne Bignou and became the director for the New York branch of the Bignou Gallery in 1935. After Bignou's death in 1950, Keller closed the Bignou Gallery and became director of the Carstairs Gallery, New York.
Cite as Bignou Gallery Albums. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Source of acquisition Gift of Carstairs Gallery through George Keller, July 23, 1962. Mr. Keller, then head of Carstairs, was formerly with both Barbazanges and Bignou Galleries.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
LC subject Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906.
Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille, 1796-1875.
Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917.
Derain, André, 1880-1954.
Dufy, Raoul, 1877-1953.
Lurçat, Jean, 1892-1966.
Modigliani, Amedeo, 1884-1920.
Monet, Claude, 1840-1926.
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954.
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973.
Renoir, Auguste, 1841-1919.
Rouault, Georges, 1871-1958.
Seurat, Georges, 1859-1891.
Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de, 1864-1901.
Utrillo, Maurice, 1883-1955.
Bignou Gallery.
Impressionism (Art) -- France.
Post-impressionism (Art) -- France.
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York.
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York.
Art, Modern -- 19th century.
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Photograph albums.
WorldCat no. 713933326

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