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Finding aid for the records of Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Galerie Bonnier, 1918-1997
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Records of Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Galerie Bonnier
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1997
    Number: 990074
    Creator/Collector: Galerie Bonnier
    Physical Description: 331.0 box(es)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Complete business records of the Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm, Sweden (1918-1974) and the successor gallery, Galerie Bonnier, Geneva, Switzerland (1961-1997). The combined galleries dealt in Impressionist, Post-impressionist, Cubist, German Expressionist, and early abstract art.
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    Language: Collection material is in Swedish and French.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Svenska-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm, was founded in 1918 by Gosta Olsen. The gallery merged with Galerie Bonnier, Geneva, in 1973. Galerie Bonnier was founded in Lausanne in 1961 by Jan Runnqvist, son of Harry Runnqvist, who was Olsen's partner in Stockholm. Galerie Bonnier moved to Geneva in 1969. Between 1964 and 1973, when his father died, Jan Runnqvist directed both galleries until 1973 when he closed Svensk-Franska and moved all business records to Geneva. The combined galleries handled a range of modern art, from Impressionism to early abstract art.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Records of the Svensk-Fransk Konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Galerie Bonnier, 1918-1997, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 990074.

    Acquisition Information

    Received in three acquisitions in 1999, 2003 and 2005.

    Processing History

    Collection is partially processed. One videotape was received from Jann Runnqvist in 2003 and added to the archive. Additions received in 2005 are not yet processed or inventoried (ADDS 2).

    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

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Galerie Bonnier
    Svensk-franska konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden)

    Subjects - Topics

    Art dealers--Sweden
    Art dealers--Switzerland
    Art galleries, Commercial
    Art, Modern--Collectors and collecting
    Collectors and collecting
    Drawings, European--Collectors and collecting
    Paintings, European--Collectors and collecting

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Ledgers (account books)
    Merchandise inventories
    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original
    Video recordings


    Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959
    Berggruen & Cie
    Braque, Georges, 1882-1963
    Courthion, Pierre
    Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906
    Degas , Edgar, 1834-1917
    Derain, André, 1880-1954
    Galerie Durand-Ruel
    Galerie Louis Carré
    Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903
    Hoppe, Ragnar, b. 1885
    Kahnweiler, Daniel Henry, 1884-1979
    Kandinsky, Wassily, 1866-1944
    Klee, Paul, 1879-1940
    Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954
    Miró, Joan, 1893-1983
    MM. Bernheim Jeune & cie (Paris, France)
    Monet, Claude, 1840-1926
    Musèe Rodin
    Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973
    Redon, Odilon, 1840-1916
    Romdahl, Axel L. (Axel Ludvig), 1880-1951
    Svensk-franska konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden)