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Records of Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Galerie Bonnier, 1918-1997

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Galerie Bonnier Records of the Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Galerie Bonnier

Scope and Content of Collection

The archive contains the complete business records of the Galerie Bonnier, Geneva, Switzerland (1961-1997) and the Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm, Sweden (1918-1974). The combined galleries dealt in Impressionist, Postimpressionist, Cubist, German Expressionist, and early abstract art. Important artists who figure as correspondents as well as subjects in the records include Bonnard, Braque, Cézanne, Degas, Derain, Friesz, Gauguin, Gleizes, Gris, Kandinsky, Klee, Leger, Matisse, Miró, Modigliani, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, Redon, Rodin, and Rouault. Records include reports and records from the shareholder's meetings; notary deeds; account books with a book of buyer's accounts; books of inventories (arranged alphabetically by artist's name) documenting transactions with other galleries including Bernheim-Jeune and Durand-Ruel; inventories of works bought or accepted on consignment including those from Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler; invoices after 1930; index card files; correspondence; photographic documentation; press clippings; exhibition and auction catalogs. Includes a dossier of special files (organized by general topic) that contains letters in which paintings of contested authorship or provenance were authenticated by a range of experts that includes Pierre Courthion, Musée Rodin, Jean Ronfort, Pola Gauguin, Bernheim-Jeune, and Bernard Berenson. Correspondents consist of art critics such as Ragnar Hoppe, Gregor Paulson, and Axel Romdahl and art houses such as Bernheim-Jeune, Edmond Sagot, Walter Halvorsen, Valori Plastici, D.H. Kahnweiler, Durand-Ruel, Paul Rosenberg, Galerie Louis Carré, Berggruen & Cie, Pierre Courthion, and Michel Courturier.

Arrangement note

Arranged in 2 series:
Series I. Galerie Bonnier records, 1961-1997;
Series II. Svensk-franska Konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden) records, 1918-1974




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