Bignou Gallery, Paris and New York
Bignou Gallery Albums, circa 1930s-1940s
Book Stacks. Call number: 024 B486
The collection consists of 33 albums containing photographs of artwork that passed through the hands of the Bignou Gallery (New York) 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.
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.
The images include reproductions of works which had previously belonged to the Barbazanges Galerie, Paris and others acquired by the Carstairs Gallery, New York, 1930-1940. They were given to the Frick Art Reference Library by Georges Frédéric Keller (1899-1981), former head of the Carstairs Gallery, who had previously worked for Barbazanges and Bignou. Étienne Bignou, who dealt in Impressionist paintings, had employed Keller to direct his Paris auction house Galerie Georges Petit in 1929. Around 1935 Keller was appointed director of the New York branch of the Bignou Gallery. Soon after Bignou's death in 1950 Keller closed the Bignou Gallery. Notes accompany some of the photographs.
Location of Record
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Online finding aid: http://www.frick.org/FindingAids/BignouGallery.html
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Written communication 19 February 2014