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Galerie Bonnier Records of the Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Galerie Bonnier
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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 box(es)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (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


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

    Genres and Forms of Material

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


    Miró, Joan
    Cézanne, Paul
    Courthion, Pierre
    Derain, André
    Degas , Edgar
    Galerie Bonnier
    Galerie Louis Carré
    Galerie Durand-Ruel
    Berenson, Bernard
    Braque, Georges
    Berggruen & Cie
    Monet, Claude
    Musèe Rodin
    Picasso, Pablo
    Redon, Odilon
    Svensk-franska konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden)
    Romdahl, Axel L. (Axel Ludvig)
    Gauguin, Paul
    Hoppe, Ragnar
    Kahnweiler, Daniel Henry
    Kandinsky, Wassily
    Klee, Paul
    Matisse, Henri
    MM. Bernheim Jeune & cie (Paris, France)