Galerie Berheim-Jeune, in Paris, closes the doors of the 150 years old gallery.
Paris. Almost one hundred and fifty years after it was opened in 1863 by Alexander Bernheim, Bernheim-Jeune gallery is no longer alive. "I was president and CEO of the company until April 2018 when the board of directors decided to change direction. Then the new management made the decision to close the gallery, "explains Guy-Patrice Dauberville. Indeed president Béatrice Dauberville and general manager Stéphane Dauberville have chosen to put an end to the activity of the gallery to embark on new adventures - "it has nothing to do with the market instability, "said Guy-Patrice Dauberville. He had run the gallery since the death in 2012 of Michel Dauberville, his cousin and the descendant of Joseph Bernheim. Specialist for Bonnard and Renoir, Guy-Patrice Dauberville will continue his expertise , 182 Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, with his daughter Floriane, who has worked with him for five years. He takes with him the archives of the gallery.
It was in 1863 that Alexander Bernheim (1839-1915) a friend of Delacroix, Corot and Courbet, moved to Paris and opened a gallery at 8, rue Laffitte. After exposing the painters of the Barbizon school, he presents, in 1874, the Impressionists. In 1906, the gallery moved to 25, boulevard de la Madeleine and took the name of "Bernheim-Jeune freres". In that time, became famous under the direction of Joseph Bernheim-Jeune (1870-1941) and Gaston Bernheim-Jeune (1870-1953), the two sons of Alexander. The brothers organized in 1901 the first exhibition of Van Gogh . They will also exhibit Bonnard and Vuillard in 1906, Cézanne in 1908, Matisse in 1910, Modigliani in 1922 and many others when the gallery moved in 1925 to the corner of Faubourg-Saint-Honoré and Avenue Matignon, where she remained until recently.
Alongside her activity as art dealer, Galerie Berheim-Jeune promoted some of the masters of modern art and exhibited paintings and sculptures of post-war artists until the recent closing . The gallery started the edition of art books: in 1914, she was one of the first to publish a book on Paul Cézanne. She also published Pierre Bonnard's catalog raisonné (1973), Renoir's (2010) and Modigliani's (2015). "This publishing activity, will resume soon," said the former CEO.
If the stock of the gallery has already been partly dispersed, for now no one knows who will move in the location. "Anyway, the name" Bernheim-Jeune "will not be included, as it should not be overused," said Guy-Patrice Dauberville.