Passing of Pierre Gaubert

20/2/14 - Obituary - Although he retired professionally many years ago, Pierre Gaubert, who passed away last Sunday 16 February, will be remembered by amateurs and collectors of French 19th century drawings and paintings as a dealer who rediscovered so-called "academic" artists, still spurned at the time - even before the opening of the Musée d’Orsay.

He organized a great number of exhibitions at his gallery located at 80 rue de Miromesnil [1], of which we would point out notably Théophile-Narcisse Chauvel in 1976, Henri Lehmann in 1978 and Alexandre Hesse in 1979, each time publishing small catalogues which sometimes represent one of the rare bibliographical sources for these artists (although Lehmann subsequently was the subject of a catalogue raisonné and an exhibition at the musée Carnavalet, only one other small catalogue from an exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, along with Pierre Gaubert’s, provides us with knowledge of the excellent painter Alexandre Hesse).

Collectors, including curators and art historians, visited his gallery regularly, among these Jacques Thuillier who acquired many of the drawings today residing at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nancy. We would also like to point out that, like many connoisseur dealers, Pierre Gaubert was a member of the Société de l’histoire de l’art français.

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 20 février 2014


[1] Not far from the church of Saint Augustin where his funeral will be held next Friday at 10:30 am.

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