Paul Guillaume

Paul Guillaume

Birth
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death 1 Oct 1934 (aged 42)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 13, to the right of the Salle d'Attente
Memorial ID 13707220 · View Source
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Art Dealer, Collector, Critic. One of the great movers and shakers of the Paris art scene between the world wars. He was the first to champion Modigliani, who painted several portraits of him, and among the first to exhibit African sculpture for its aesthetic rather than ethnographic importance. The son of a Paris bank messenger, Guillaume was largely self-schooled in art, relying on instinct and the advice of such friends as avant-garde poet Guillaume Apollinaire. He was Modigliani's exclusive dealer from 1914 to 1916, a period that saw the artist's decisive switch from sculpture to painting. In 1918 he opened a gallery at 56, rue La Boetie and launched an in-house magazine, "The Arts of Paris", to promote his clients, writing much of the copy himself under pseudonyms. Over the years he sold canvases by Picasso, Matisse, Soutine, Utrillo, Derain, and Kisling. A gifted publicist, Guillaume was probably most successful in bringing the bohemian Montparnasse artists to the attention of Paris' fashionable Right Bank society. His hopes of creating a museum around his private collection were thwarted by his premature death from appendicitis. In the early 1960s the Guillaume Collection was acquired by the French state and is now on permanent display at the Orangerie in Paris.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Guillaume (28 Nov 1891–1 Oct 1934), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13707220, citing Cimetiere de Passy, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .