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Dieterle Family Records of French Art Galleries
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  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections
    Title: Dieterle family records of French art galleries
    Creator: Arnold et Tripp
    Creator: Allard et Noel
    Creator: Boussod, Valadon & Cie
    Creator: Bague et Cie
    Creator: Dieterle, Jean
    Creator: Dieterle Family
    Creator: Goupil & Cie
    Creator: Le Roy et Cie
    Creator: Galerie Georges Petit
    Creator: Tedesco Frères
    Creator: Le Roy, Ernest
    Identifier/Call Number: 900239
    Physical Description: 80 Linear Feet (116 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1846-1986
    Abstract: Collection comprises portions of 19th-century French gallery archives acquired by the Dieterle family as they built their art dealership and developed particular expertise in Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. In addition to those of Dieterle, the records of eight dealers (Goupil & Cie, Boussod Valadon & Co., Tedesco Frères, Arnold et Tripp, Bague et Cie, Le Roy et Cie, Galerie Allard et Noel, and Galerie Georges Petit) include stock ledgers, photographs of paintings, annotated exhibition and sales catalogs, and clippings.
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    Language of Material: French .

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Dieterle family records comprise portions of archives acquired as the family built their art business and developed expertise in Corot. The records document the art work and art market for a wide range of European (particularly French) artists working in the 19th century. Included are all the major artists of the Barbizon school, those of the Romantic generation, academic artists, and some Impressionists. Also represented is minor trade in Old Masters, especially Dutch, and some American artists.
    Included are account ledgers of Goupil & Cie, 1846-1879; Galerie Boussod Valadon(successor firm to Goupil & Cie), 1879-1919; Tedesco Frères 1880-1941; Bague et Cie, 1900-1921; Arnold et Tripp, 1881-1892; and Le Roy et Cie (scattered material). Photographs of stock are from Boussod Valadon, Arnold et Tripp, Galerie Allard et Noel, and Galerie Georges Petit (21 boxes of glass negatives of Corot paintings and other assorted papers) and the Dieterle business. There is also a file of ca. 1,000 index cards with annotations and drawings or photographs of the work of Daubigny.
    Catalogs acquired with the collection have mostly been separated to the Getty Research Library. These comprised over 3,500 auction catalogs (1846-1980), over 1,000 exhibition catalogs (covering exhibits of primarily 19th century artists, 1857-1986) and 100 catalogs of the permanent collections of museums (1880-1940). Ephemera, notes and clippings inserted in the catalogs were pulled and filed in the archive, along with a notation of the catalogue from which the items were pulled (at this date, this material is not yet processed or catalogued). Twenty-seven heavily annotated auction catalogs from the 19th century remain in the archive, along with ca. 20 other inventories and unpublished sales catalogs from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Arrangement note

    The records are arranged in 11 series: Series I. Goupil & Cie ledgers, 1846-1879; Series II. Galerie Boussod Valadon ledgers, 1879-1919; Series III. Tedesco Frères, 1880-1941; Series IV. Arnold et Tripp, 1881-1892; Series V. Bague et Cie, 1900-1921; Series VI. Other ledgers and inventories, ca. 1816-1972; Series VII. Photographic prints; Series VIII. Galerie Boussod Valadon photograph albums; Series IX. Galerie Allard et Noel; Series X. Galerie Georges Petit glass negatives of Corot paintings; Series XI. Papers and clippings from auction catalogs, ca. 1850s-1970s.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    The Dieterle family has owned an art gallery in Paris since the early 20th century, and takes pride in three generations of Corot experts. The Fonds Dieterle grew out of the various portions of archives acquired through Jean Dieterle, along with works of art, as the family built its gallery business, and in the course of which they developed their expertise in Corot.
    Some of the earliest sales records in this archive were collected by Ernest Le Roy (galerie Ernest Le Roy, rue Scribe, Paris) in the late 19th century. In 1905 Jean Dieterle became the director of galerie Ernest Le Roy, and he avidly continued building the archive Le Roy had begun, collecting 19th and early 20th century sales records that documented art works and their market.
    They acquired the stock books and ledgers, inventories and sales catalogs, and photographs of stock of the 19th century French galleries Goupil & Cie, Boussod Valadon & Co., Tedesco Frères, Arnold et Tripp, Galerie Allard et Noel, Bague et Cie, Le Roy et Cie and Galerie Georges Petit, and perhaps others, as well as a library of auction, exhibition, and unpublished sale catalogs, dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
    Of these enterprises, the Galerie Goupil, founded in 1827 by Adolphe Goupil, was a central force in the French art market of the 19th century. The gallery had lavish showrooms in Paris, and branches in New York, London, Berlin, Brussels, and the Hague. In 1879 the Galerie Goupil was succeeded by the Galerie Boussod Valadon, directed by Adolphe's son-in-law, Etienne Boussod. Until its closing in 1919, Boussod Valadon continued the same trade in Romantic, Barbizon and academic artists as Goupil's, but - thanks to the manager of its Montmartre branch, Theo van Gogh - it also began to sponsor exhibitions of the work of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists such as Degas, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro, Gauguin, and Toulouse-Lautrec.
    Galerie Georges Petit (photographs and glass negatives from the gallery are part of the collection) sold the work of many of the same artists as the Goupil and Boussod Valadon galleries: the generation of 1830 (Delacroix, Corot, Barbizon School), minor Realists, and the Impressionists after 1880. Petit acquired a portion of the Boussod Valadon stock when that gallery closed in 1919.
    Tedesco Frères, Bague et Cie, and Arnold et Tripp (whose partial records are part of this archive) were not subsidiaries or successors in the Goupil-Boussod Valadon line, but they did command a portion of the same market during the period from 1880 to 1920.

    Processing History

    Processed in 1997; approximately 5,000 sales and exhibition catalogs were separated from the archive and cataloged in the Getty Research Library. Some annotated catalogs and ephemera from catalogs remain in the archive, along with papers and ephemera that were found inserted in sales catalogs.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired from the Dieterle family (Pierre Dieterle and his son Martin Dieterle) in 1990.

    Preferred Citation

    Dieterle Family. Records of French art galleries, 1846-1986, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 900239.


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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ledgers -- 19th century
    Glass plate negatives -- 19th century
    Auction catalogs
    Account books -- 19th century
    Romanticism in art
    Realism in art
    Paintings -- Prices -- France
    Painting, French -- 19th century
    Impressionism (Art) -- France
    Barbizon school
    Art dealers -- France
    Art -- Exhibitions
    Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France
    Photographic prints -- 19th century
    Daubigny, Charles François, 1817-1878
    Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille, 1796-1875
    Dupré, Jules, 1811-1889
    Meissonier, Jean Louis Ernest, 1815-1891
    Decamps, Alexandre-Gabriel, 1803-1860
    Fromentin, Eugène, 1820-1876
    Millet, Jean-François, 1814-1875
    Troyon, Constant, 1810-1865