Bernheim Jeune

Bernheim Jeune, circa 1910, Blv. de la Madeleine no. 25

Bernheim-Jeune was a famous gallery in Paris, run by a family of art dealers from Besançon, a town in eastern France on the border with Switzerland, who have been selling painting materials and frames since the end of the 18th century. Descendant of Joseph Bernheim (1799-1859), son of Alexandre Bernheim (1839-1915), friend of Delacroix, Corot and Gustave Courbet, settled in Paris in 1863, on Rue Lafitte no. 8, on the advice of the fellow citizen of Besançon, G. Courbet. This is where Alexandre Bernheim introduced the Impressionists to the public in 1874. Moved in 1906 to Boulevard de la Madeleine no. 25 corner with Rue Richepanse no. 15, the Bernheim Gallery knows the true development under the close supervision of the sons of Alexandre Bernheim, Josse Bernheim-Jeune (1870-1941) and Gaston Bernheim-Jeune (1870-1953). Later, Bernheim-Jeune is the first gallery to open on Avenue Matignon, on the corner with Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The new location was inaugurated by Gaston Doumergue, President of France, on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition: "Masterpieces of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries."

Bernheim-Jeune had contracts with many artists: P. Bonnard (1904-1940), Chagall (1928), H.E. Cross (1906-1910), Raoul Dufy (1920-1929), Edouard Goerg (1926-1927), Grommaire (1930-1931), A. Maillol (1937), A. Marquet (1916-1931), Henri Matisse (1909-1926), J. Pascin (1928-1930), P. Signac (1907-1930), Maurice Utrillo (1927-1929), Kees Van Dongen (1909-1916), Maurice de Vlaminck (1920-1932), Dimitrie Berea (1948-1960).

Bernheim Jeune, circa 1925, Avenue Matignon

The collaboration between Berea and Bernheim-Jeune started in 1948 and ended in 1960, on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition organized by the gallery and entitled "100 paintings of Berea". The 10 Berea exhibitions organized by Bernheim-Jeune, were entitled, as follows:

  • June 25 - July 12, 1948, "Landscapes of Paris"

  • February 25 - March 9, 1949, Andre Warnod, Catalog "Berea"

  • June 22 - July 13, 1951, "Recent Works, Impressions of Paris, Portraits, Landscapes, Flowers, Nudes"

  • 08 - 31 July 1952, "Flowers and landscapes of Paris", "Bonnard, Vuillard, Berea"

  • May 12 - 31, 1956, "Hommage a Bonnard" - painting exhibition, which includes the portrait of Marie Fontaine Desjardins

  • June 27 - July 30, 1957, "Berea’s flowers"

  • November 30 - December 19, 1957, "Travels and Landscapes" by Bonnard and Vuillard

  • March 22 - April 17, 1958, "Salon du Portrait" where Berea wins the Grand Prize

  • 05 - 26 November 1960, "100 paintings of Berea"

Berea at Bernheim Jeune, 1948

Berea at Bernheim Jeune, 1956

Berea at Bernheim Jeune, with Salvador DALI, 1951

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