ESTAMPE DES MAITRES - PETIT PALAIS - PARIS
From 19 May to 29 July 2021, "Edition Limitée" (Limited Edition).
The Petit Palais presents this exhibition, "Edition Limitée", based on the figure of Ambroise Vollard, as a publisher of prints and illustrated books, and his successor Henri Petiet. Works by Bonnard, Picasso, Maillol, Redon, Chagall . .
Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) was an outstanding figure in the art market at the turn of the century, distinguished by his audacity, which led him to support modern artists such as Cézanne, Gauguin and the young Picasso and Rouault. With this exhibition, the Petit Palais has chosen to focus on his key role in the specific field of printmaking and illustrated books. Benefiting from numerous gifts and bequests from Vollard himself and his heirs, the Petit Palais is showcasing this exceptional collection of prints, enriched by numerous loans from other institutions and collections.
Passionate about this publishing activity, Vollard invested the profits from the more lucrative trade in paintings by modern masters. He was involved in the choice of special papers, typographic research, and printers, among other aspects of the production of these very luxurious works. A particularly new chapter in the exhibition will focus on the activities of Henri Marie Petiet (1894-1980), the dealer who bought the Vollard gallery's print collection at the end of the war. He was also a discoverer of talent and a supporter of personalities as diverse as Jean-Émile Laboureur, André Dunoyer de Segonzac, Aristide Maillol and Marie Laurencin. The focus on the central figure of Henri Petiet benefits from recent research and discoveries that shed new light on this question of the French print market in the 20th century.
A must-see for print lovers!