OUR ART GALLERY
Galerie Michael is a unique fine art gallery located on the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for over thirty years. The gallery’s model is built on posterity rather than prosperity, which means a long term view on working with collectors in “building museum-quality collections, one work at a time.” This model, established by founder Michael Schwartz, has created an unparalleled client base of nearly 7,500 collectors, many of whom have been collecting with Galerie Michael for thirty years.
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ –
CEO & OWNER OF GALERIE MICHAEL
As the founder of Galerie Michael, Michael Schwartz provides expertise from a lifelong career and love of art. His illustrious career as a fine art dealer spans a period of over thirty-five years. In 1978, he founded Galerie Michael in Los Angeles, a gallery dedicated to exhibiting four centuries of top-quality European art from Rembrandt to Picasso.
Schwartz has an extraordinary eye and an established record of identifying great works and rediscovering historically important artists of previous centuries. His experience has given him a talent for discovering artistic geniuses who had achieved great recognition during their era but for sociological, political or cultural reasons they were lost in time.
Over the past quarter of a century, Schwartz has traveled extensively throughout Europe and other parts of the world developing relationships with some of the world’s most renowned art dealers, scholars, and experts that has allowed him access to some of the world’s great collections. He also works with members of the Cezanne, Pissarro, and Renoir families. All of which has enabled him to acquire the works of great masters, often before they become available on the open market.
According to Michael Schwartz, his personal interest in 17th to 20th Century European art led him to realize the need for an international gallery in Los Angeles. A gallery which would present fine art to the community and provide collectors with an opportunity to study, learn and collect international, quality art at affordable prices.
Schwartz is a former board member of the Graphic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art plus a founder and member of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and a past member of the President’s Circle at LACMA. He is also a founder of the Music Center in Los Angeles. He worked on the board of the Family Assistance Program and the Rodeo Drive Association Executive Committee. Through his work with charitable organizations, he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Spare Change Project, Family Assistance Program, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Ronald McDonald House, Los Angeles Legal Aid Counsel, Bethune Ballet, Maple Center, Make a Wish Foundation and Natural Disaster Organizations
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL LIFE
A Chicago native, Schwartz and his wife Janet have been married and have worked together for 45 years. Together, they have built Galerie Michael into an internationally recognized gallery. With 40 years of experience, Schwartz frequently is called upon for his expertise, lecturing and curatorial skills as well as his ability to authenticate unknown works.
When asked what he enjoys most, Schwartz says, “Candidly, I feel being a good dealer is working for my clients, bringing major works into their collection at minimum prices. I love building museum-quality collections, one fine work at a time.”
MEET OUR TEAM
As a team, we have worked with collectors in building museum-quality collections, one work at a time, for more than thirty years. We employ a personal art consultant to advise and assist clients with acquisitions. The staff of fine art scholars at Galerie Michael is dedicated to helping others increase their knowledge of fine art and providing an unparalleled client experience.
One important aspect of Galerie Michael’s ongoing success is that customers are treated as business partners with full access to Galerie Michael’s planning, market expertise, curatorial knowledge, and staff of fine art scholars. Collections built focus on artwork in the upper 25% of the artists’ oeuvre—their lifetime of works—emphasizing rarity, historic importance, ground-breaking innovations, demand, ultimate sellability, potential appreciation and artistic insight. All collections are cataloged by the gallery’s in-house curatorial department and come with a Galerie Michael Certificate of Authenticity.
The gallery is known internationally for its leading edge in 17th to 20th Century masterworks, mounting over eighteen annual exhibitions. Exhibits are accompanied by catalogues with essays written by scholars and critics who support the gallery’s philosophy of acquiring fine art through ongoing education.
ACQUISITION OF ARTWORK
The process of acquiring our masterworks begins with an inbound lead or outbound request. Often, our founder, Michael Schwartz, will get notified of a new masterwork that is available. We have a large network of master artist families, dealers, and auction houses that alert us to incredible new pieces. Our Director of Acquisition is also constantly flagging catalogues and alerts that come through from dealers, worldwide. After purchasing a new piece, we perform two to three weeks of research via museums and catalogues to ensure we have every available detail about this work and the works to which it compares.
Our relationship with professional fine art restoration companies allows us to look at every detail of a new painting and assess imperfections. We use ultraviolet light and magnifying tools to ensure the original quality of the painting is still intact. By the time the painting enters our exhibit rooms, we know it’s of the utmost quality.
Looking at the initial selection of acquired works, our expert curatorial team will narrow pieces down based upon a common theme. Michael personally chooses gold leaf frames for each painting, drawing, or print that enters the gallery, as we believe the frame should complement the piece. We have worked with the same fine art framers for decades and our founder has an expert eye in matching masterworks with the frames that fit.
WORKING WITH YOU
By the time a piece of art is exhibited in our gallery, our consultants know every detail about what makes it special. If you’re interested in a piece, your first step will be to make an appointment. Joining us in our gallery, your consultant will educate you on the artist and the significance of their work. We’ll also walk through published catalogue text on this particular piece. You may view the piece in a private staging room so that you can get a good sense of the work and how it will look in your home. Your consultant is there to answer questions and concerns and discuss price at any point. If you’re not able to see the painting on site, we can also provide you with presentations and catalogues digitally. Above all, our team is dedicated to maximizing the client experience.
In addition to helping you attain masterworks and build museum-quality collections, Galerie Michael offers complimentary certified appraisals for insurance, estate, donation, and tax purposes. When purchasing a piece through our gallery, you also get custom museum-quality framing, professional packaging, and worldwide shipping. Customers receive a two-year exchange privilege on all works purchased from the gallery.
- Personal art consultant to advise and assist clients with acquisitions
- Certification of Authenticity
- Complementary certified appraisals for insurance, estate, donation or tax purposes
- Curatorial research
- Complete painting and paper conservation
- Custom museum-quality framing
- Professional packaging and world-wide shipping
- Search worldwide to find specific works
- Intimate relationships with Master Artists Families
- VIP entrance and private viewings
READ TESTIMONIALS ABOUT OUR ART GALLERY
The complete Villarino Rembrandt Collection that is now touring major museums, was bought in its entirety from Galerie Michael over the last 12 years. The quality, experience and knowledge of the owner and staff is beyond reproach. Verifiable proof and “Honesty is their message and their contacts for the hard to find pieces are extensive. It is a pleasure working with them. Thank You.
Mr. John Villarino
Film Construction coordinator and Rembrandt Collector
Los Angeles, CA
Eight years ago, when I first walked into Galerie Michael, it was not with the idea that I would be building a world-class art collection with special focus on Picasso prints. I thought the difficulty of obtaining verifiable authenticated workd and the experience that would be necessary as to what to buy would make it a very daunting task. But with the assistance of Galerie Michael, all of my concerns were put to rest. Knowledge, honesty, trust, integrity is what I required when working with a gallery, and that is exactly what I got with Galerie Michael. I could not be more happy and satisfied during the years of working with them. Now, I have a world-class exhibition that will soon travel to the different museums around the United Stated as well as Europe thanks to Galerie Michael.
Dr. Timothy Collins
Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine and Picasso Collector
Los Angeles, CA
While not necessarily art connoisseurs, my wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Galerie Michael family for the past eight years. We have been introduced to many new friends and have had many unique and exciting experiences, as we have at the same time been assisted in the building of our collection. Like buying fine wine, Michael, Lynn, Richard and the others at Galerie Michael have helped us find pieces of art that speak directly to us and that add beauty and joy to our home.
President and Renoir Collector
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & ASSOCIATIONS
The Gallery hosts tours and lectures at worldwide museums as well as in Los Angeles. Gallery staff and clients have taken tours to the town of Barbizon, the birthplace of Plein-Aire painting, and given lectures at the Musée de l’École de Barbizon in France. Closer to home, the gallery has arranged and conducted tours and lectures at LACMA, The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Norton Simon Museum.
Galerie Michael creates fine art collections for exhibit on the museum circuit. Through scholarly catalogues and museum affiliations, these collections have been on exhibition in the US as well as Europe. They follow a formula that increases the value of the collection as a whole; creates prestige for the owners of the collection and brings historic insights to the public. These collections create a revenue stream and fine art exposure for the museums and the gallery benefits by international branding associated with the collections.
With a long-term commitment to collector ethics, access to fine art, education and art collecting along with a prestigious membership in the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), Galerie Michael has established itself as one of the most highly regarded, successful galleries in the United States and worldwide.
Galerie Michael has built and established long term relationships with the families of the impressionist masters, Renoir, Cézanne and Pissarro. Along with members of the Picasso family and their representatives, the Mourlot family and Picasso expert Brigitte Baer. The gallery has established strong relationships with the printers of the Modern Masters, Picasso, Chagall and Miró.
Renowned scholars such as Gary Schwartz, Rembrandt author and authority, Dr. Petra Chu, Gabriel Weisberg, and Alexandra Murphy, leading 19th century Plien Aire authors and scholars have published and lectured throughout the years. Contributing to the Galerie Michael commitment to inform and educate clients in the history and acquisition of fine art.