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Who are the famous Daumier collectors?

 

When looking at the people behind the names one can but imagine the dedication and love they had (or still have) for their collections. The time and money that went into their passion must have been enormous. Many public institutions can now profit from their generosity and the work of Daumier is present all over the world thanks to the enthusiasm of great collectors.

 

One observation is striking when going through this short and still incomplete list of famous collectors: A great deal of research and publications was very often done by dedicated collectors who were not professional art historians. Their love for Daumier’s work was their motivation to ask questions and find answers. The time they spent with their collections made them experts. They allowed themselves the luxury of indulging in one artist only: Honoré Daumier – an "extravagance" professional art historians can only dream of. It is therefore not astonishing that most Daumier work catalogues have been created by collectors.

 

Our list will obviously never be complete and we invite all Daumier enthusiasts to assist us with additional information about these and other fellow collectors and researchers.

 

List of famous Daumier collectors.

 

Compiled by L. & D. Noack since 1999. Last updated: April 12, 2017

 

 

NAME OF COLLECTOR

INFORMATION

ADHEMAR, Jean

Curator at the Cabinet des Estampes, researcher and publisher on Daumier

BABCOCK, William P.

Painter who lived in Paris. He left his important collection to museums in the Boston area.

BECHTEL, H.

Lawyer and President at the Grolier Club, New York. He gave his important collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

BECHTEL, Edwin de T.

Published a standard work on the “Association Mensuelle” in 1952

BLISS, F.E.

Collector, who left most of his prints to the museum of Baltimore, MD

BLOCH, A.

Important French collector of Daumier prints. Most of them are now in the US

BORLETTI, Count Aldo

Ardent Italian collector of drawings and lithographs, which were largely left to the museum in St. Denis, France.

BOUVY, Edouard

French collector of lithographs and prints as well as researcher and publisher on Daumier’s wood engravings (first comprehensive work catalogue)

BRUCK, Zdenko

Well-known Daumier collector in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He owned at least 7 original works that we are aware of (DR10117; DR10194; DR10371; DR10392; DR10426; DR10445; and DR10666 ). Furthermore he had an important collection of Daumier lithographs including the complete set of Meynial reprints.

BĂśHRLE, E.G.

Swiss industrialist with a large Daumier collection, consisting of paintings, drawings and prints.

BUREAU, Paul

French painter and collector of Daumier’s work

CHAMPFLEURY

(pseudonym for Jules François Félix Husson) Friend of Daumier, collector, researcher and publisher on Daumier. One of the first small work catalogues after Alexandre

CHERPIN, Jean

Important French researcher and publisher on Daumier

COGNACQ, Gabriel

(1880-1951), Important French collector of Daumier prints. He owned the famous department store Samaritaine in Paris.

DAVIES Sisters

Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, two collectors from Scotland, who left an important collection of French paintings

 

DELTEIL, Loys

Art dealer and collector. He published the second comprehensive work catalogue of Daumier’s lithographic oeuvre (with photos)

ESCHOLIER, Raymond

French Publisher of books on Daumier

FUCHS, Eduard

Collector, researcher and publisher on Daumier. He published the first comprehensive work catalogue on paintings and drawings as well as lithographs and wood engravings.

GASTON-DREYFUS, René

French owner of one of the most important collections of Daumier lithographs. His prints were sold in 1966 and 1968

GAVARNI, Paul

Painter colleague during Daumier’s period

Le GARREC, Maurice

French art dealer, researcher and publisher on Daumier

GEOFFROY-DECHAUME

French collector, friend of Daumier, and sculptor of his bust.

GERSTENBERG, Otto

 

German art collector. After his death in 1935, his daughter Margarethe Scharf inherited his collection. In 2008, the collection will be exhibited in the Museum Scharf-Gerstenberg in Berlin.

GOBIN, Maurice

Researcher and publisher on Daumier, specialized on sculptures

GRASS-MICK, A.

French artist, collector, writer and publisher on Daumier

GRANDVILLE, J.-J.

French collector and artist-colleague of Daumier at La Caricature and Le Charivari. Some prints of his Daumier collection ended up in the Ramus collection.

GRUNWALD, L.

His important collection was integrated into the Hammer Collection in Los Angeles

HAMMER, Armand

Internationally active industrialist who collected Daumier’s art among many other artists. He established a permanent Daumier museum at UCLA.

HAZARD, Nicolas-Auguste

(1834-1913) Publisher of the first comprehensive work catalogue on Daumier’s lithographic oeuvre

HORN, Werner

German businessman from DĂĽsseldorf. Together with his wife he collected Daumier lithographs over some 30 years. The whereabouts of this collection is still unclear, but it seems to have remained with a Dutch-German family.

HOYT, Anna C.

Curator in Boston, MA

LARAN, Jean

Director of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, researcher and publisher on Daumier

LECOMTE, Marcel

French art dealer, researcher and publisher on Daumier

LEJEUNE, Robert

Swiss protestant minister who collected Daumier lithographs. He researched and published on Daumier. His collection was sold in 1978

LEMANN, Bernard

Professor at New Orleans

LEYBOLD, Roger

(1896 – 1970) Brewer and industrialist in Paris. Collector of paintings by Delacroix, Daumier, Jongkind, Corot, Boudin. He owned two paintings by Daumier and some bronzes.

LEYS, M.N.H.

Dutch collector with an almost complete collection of Daumier lithographs, liquidated in Utrecht in the 1980s

LOCKHART JR., James H.

American art lover and Daumier collector from Pittsburgh. He contributed with large donations to various museums.

LONGSTREET, G and S.

Two almost complete lithographic Daumier collections. One was sold to the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the other was sold in 2002 to a private collector in the US

LONCLE, Maurice

French lawyer and great Daumier collector

LUCAS, George Aloysius

(1824-1909) American art dealer and collector. He bought prints and drawings and donated them to various US museums

MAISON, K.E.

French researcher and publisher on Daumier. He published a comprehensive work catalogue on paintings and drawings by Daumier

MARONI, A.

(1852-1923) His large collection is split up between the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, the UCLA Hammer Collection, Los Angeles, CA, and the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

MARX, Roger

Important French Daumier collector.

NOACK, Lilian and Dieter

Swiss collectors, researchers and publishers of the first digital Daumier work catalogue, the Daumier-Register

PASSERON, Roger

French collector, researcher and publisher on Daumier

PROUTÉ, Paul

French art dealer, researcher and publisher on Daumier

PROVOST, Louis

French art dealer and researcher. First thematic guide on Daumier’s lithographs, published together with E. Childs, curator.

RAMUS, Charles F.

Canadian professor, collector, researcher and publisher on Daumier as well as curator in Denver. His large Daumier collection is now privately owned in the US

REINHART, Oskar

Swiss industrialist with the largest Daumier collection in Europe, consisting of paintings, drawings prints etc. shown in Winterthur, Switzerland

REY, Robert

Researcher and publisher on Daumier

RIM, Carlo

Researcher and publisher on Daumier

ROGER-MARX, Claude

French researcher, publisher and collector of works by Daumier. His collection is now partly in the Musée du Louvre, Paris

ROSENWALD, L.J.

Collector who donated his important collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington. D.C.

ROSSITER, Henry P.

Curator at the Boston Museum of Art

RĂśMANN, Arthur

German historian and collector, important researcher and publisher on Daumier. He wrote a catalogue raisonné on Daumier’s wood engravings

SCHNIEWIND, Carl O.

Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago. His important collection of Daumier lithographs and drawings was liquidated by Boerner and Klipstein in 1933.

STINNES, Dr. Heinrich

Cologne, Germany. Art collector (Lugt 1376a), elder brother of the late German industrialist Hugo Stinnes (1870-1924)

SUTTON, Denys

Head of the Arts Department at UNESCO

TRUSTMAN, Benjamin A. and Julia M.

Famous Daumier collectors in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s with 8'600 lithographs plus bronzes. They gave numerous lithos to Brandeis, Harvard and Simmons, and the Boston MFA, and there were numerous exhibitions.

WALTERS, William and Henry

(1848-1931) Famous American collector from Baltimore. His collection is now at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore




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