sábado, 3 de septiembre de 2016

Lecturas de verano. Documentos sobre arte: Marchantes de arte: Knoedler Gallery Archive. Getty. Links. Summer reading. Documents on art: Art dealers: Knoedler Gallery Archive. Getty

No es frecuente encontrar en internet, por lo menos yo no conozco casi ninguno, la disponibilidad de archivos de marchantes de arte.
El Getty tiene, disponible en linea


M. Knoedler & Co. records, circa 1848–1971

The Knoedler Gallery Archive illuminates the business relationships and records of one of America's oldest and most preeminent art galleries. Founded in 1848 as the New York branch of the French firm Goupil & Cie before the creation of most museums in this country, the Knoedler Gallery was able to play a central role as a conduit for the masterworks that established American collections.

 

 The iris.

Knoedler, Mellon, and an Unlikely Sale

Archives reveal one of the most extraordinary art sales of the 20th century

 ...........Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Soviet government was continuously in need of foreign currency, as it faced economic sanctions on the international market. For years, there were rumors that it might resort to selling its treasures from the Hermitage Museum, which had been founded in the 18th century by Empress Catherine the Great. European dealers monitored the situation and agents took the arduous train trip to Leningrad to investigate the possibilities of such a sale. Most came back empty-handed.  A newspaper in Germany had announced that Joseph Duveen, who directed Duveen Brothers, would buy the entire Hermitage in bloc. However, Duveen did not succeed in purchasing a single painting from the Hermitage. This unusual feat would be that of Knoedler, with Mellon as client.