Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Galerie Alfred Flechtheim Exhibtion Catalog: Matisse - Braque - Picasso

Berlin: Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, 1927. First edition. Softcover. Duodecimo (6 x 4 5/8"). Original cream illustrated stapled wraps with brown lettering on cover, protected by modern mylar. The catalog features b/w reproductions. Text in German.

Matisse Braque Picasso, 60 Werke aus deutschem Besitz (Sixty works from German estates). 21. September to Middle of October 1930. Berlin. 24pp. Cream wraps with Flechtheim initials on cover. Introduction by Alfred Flechtheim. Contains catalogs of exhibited works, brief bios for the artist with list of collectors and museums with work by the artists. Illustrated with reproductions of fifteen works by the artists. With Propyläen advertisement on inside front cover, Editions de Chronique du Jour, in text, and magazine adds on inside back cover and A. Bagel (Printer) add on back cover.

Exhibition catalog of Germany's preeminent art gallery of the early 20th Century. Flechtheim opened his first gallery in 1913 in Düsseldorf, followed by galleries in Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne and Vienna. Flechtheim's business collapsed due to the perils of W.W.I. Alfred Flechtheim reopened his gallery in Düsseldorf after the war in 1919.

Flechtheim had made a name for himself when organizing the International Art Exhibition of the "Sonderbund" for West-German Friends of the Art and Artists opening on May 5th, 1912, in Cologne, featuring the avant-garde artists and movements of the time. Flechtheim emerged on the art scene shortly after 1900 with a collection of works by van Gogh, Cézanne, Picasso, Braque, Derain, Kandinsky, de Vlaminck, von Jawlensky, Münter, Campendonk and others.

After the Nazis rise to power in 1933 Flechtheim emigrated to Paris and in 1935 connected to Alfred Barr, director of the New York Museum of Modern Art, informing him that he had lost all his money and artwork. Flechtheim and his former gallery assistant Curt Valentin, with financial backing of Karl Buchholz, brokered a deal with the Nazis to sell confiscated degenerate art for the war effort and subsequently the opening of the Karl Buchholz Gallery in New York, leading to controversy in New York. Flechtheim died in London from complications of an accident in 1937. Very good condition. Item #49783

Price: $350.00

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