Ambroise Vollard was one of the most influential figures in modern art in Paris. A publisher, gallerist and collector, he worked with many of the greatest artists of the late 19th and 20th century, Renoir, Cézanne and Gaugin, and later, Picasso. He helped shape his promotion and establishing of the avant-garde artists of his day and of the previous generation. Beyond his work as a gallerist, he wrote artist biographies and encouraged many to take on new and extended projects.
His first exhibition of Picasso’s work took place in 1901, and continued through the 1930s. In 1930, Picasso began work on The Vollard Suite, 100 etchings created over seven years exploring themes of classicism that enthralled Picasso throughout his career. The suite ends with three portraits of Vollard. The printer Roger Lacouriere pulled the impressions.
Learn more about Ambroise Vollard at our exhibition PICASSO – Unique Proofs from His Ateliers at Galerie Michael, May 5 – June 5, 2012.