art collectors and art dealers

The Doctors
Dr. Georges de Bellio (13)
Claude Monet moved from Argenteuil to Vétheuil for financial reasons. He would often ask his friends for money during those years of poverty. One of those friends he could count upon was de Bellio. As a token of his gratitude, he dedicated this painting to his friend and patron, and gave it to him in 1879.
It didn’t leave de Bellio’s collection before at least 1920, when it was sold by his son-in-law, Eugène Donop de Monchy. In 2005 it appeared at Christie’s, where it was sold for little short of $4,900,000.

Claude Monet, La Seine près de Vétheuil, temps orageux (The Seine near Vetheuil, Stormy Weather), 1879. Oil on canvas, 60.8 x 100.5 cm. Private collection

Allegory of History (1615-1620). Jusepe de Ribera (Spanish, 1591-1652). Oil on canvas. The State Hermitage Museum.

Ribera moved to Naples permanently in the middle of 1616. His Spanish nationality aligned him with the small Spanish governing class in the city, and also with the Flemish merchant community, from another Spanish territory, who included important collectors of and dealers in art.

A Casual Affair

Characters: Simon X OFC

Warnings: Cursing, AU/Pre-Apocalypse, Eventual Smut

Summary: Violet has been out of college for a year and desperately needs a job.

Author’s Notes: I got the idea for this story from @simons-thirst-squad Simon Smut Week but it would’ve been too long to post as a one shot. This is kinda AU I guess as it takes place present day with no zombie apocalypse. Hope ya’ll enjoy!! P.S. - there is some French in here. I got it from Google. If you actually speak French and it’s wrong (which I’m sure it is) please feel free to let me know so I can make changes!!

Background Music: “Casual Affair” by Panic! at the Disco

Violet’s alarm starting blaring at 5AM and she instantly hated everything. She groaned as she sat up, swinging her legs around to hang off the edge of the bed as she tried to rub the sleep from her eyes. After yawning and stretching her arms over her head, Violet went down the hallway to her small kitchen and immediately brewed herself a cup of coffee. While she was waiting for her coffee, Violet grabbed the nearly empty container of soy milk out of the fridge. She placed it on the counter next to the coffee maker before reaching into the cabinet above to grab sugar. Once the coffee was finished brewing Violet wasted no time in pouring in the milk and sugar, giving the hot liquid a quick stir before drinking half the cup in one sip. It was scalding hot but Violet was so exhausted and she needed to wake up fast.

She finished her cup of coffee and sat her mug down on the counter. She planned on making another cup for breakfast. She went down the hall back towards her bedroom and ducked into the bathroom to turn the shower on. Violet went back to her bedroom stripped out of her PJs, placing the clothing in her laundry basket. She grabbed her phone and put her hair up in a messy bun and headed back to the bathroom. She opened the music app on her phone and clicked ‘Shuffle All’ before stepping under the lukewarm stream of water.

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Without Durand, we would have died of starvation, all of us the impressionists. We owe him everything!

Claude Monet to Marc Elder in 1924

“He was stubborn, obstinate, he risked bankruptcy twenty times to support us. Critics dragged us through the mud, but for him it was much worse! They wrote: These people are crazy, but there’s one crazier than them, it’s a merchant who buys their work!" 

Monet at Vétheuil (23)
Impression … dissolving fog
The 1878-79 winter had been severe and long. One misty morning, Monet crossed the Seine to the Lavacourt bank long before sunrise. When the sun came out, Vétheuil and its church gradually emerged. A small boat seems to pass by. A mystical, truly impressionist scene.
Monet offered the work to the opera singer and art collector Jean-Baptiste Fauré, who refused it as “merely a bit of white paint on canvas”.

Claude Monet, Vétheuil dans le brouillard (Vétheuil in the fog), 1879. Oil on canvas, 60 x 71 cm. Musée Marmottan, Paris

The Doctors
Dr. Georges de Bellio (11)
We shouldn’t be surprised that many art dealers were very interested in de Bellio’s treasures, but he was not on the market to sell.
After his death, his daughter Victorine inherited a major collection of the impressionist masters and other works. One could fill a small museum with his 143 paintings, 10 pastels, 133 watercolors and drawings and 170 posters by Chéret and Toulouse-Lautrec. It didn’t take long before Victorine and her husband, Eugène Donop de Monchy, were contacted by art dealers.
André Weil, for instance, offered 280,000 francs for “The Europe Bridge”, that de Bellio had bought directly from Monet for only 300 francs. It is one of many offers that the couple refused.
But part of the collection did get dispersed around the world, as was the case for this “Garden of Les Maturins at Pontoise”, one of de Bellio’s 11 Pissaros.

Camille Pissarro, Le Jardin des Mathurins, Pontoise (The Garden of Les Mathurins at Pontoise), 1876. Oil on canvas, 112.7 x 165.4 cm. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City


The Doctors
Dr. Georges de Bellio (12)
Victorine de Bellio was already married to Eugène Donop de Monchy, when she inherited her father’s art collection. Although the couple was often approached by art dealers, they didn’t sell very much and kept most of the collection intact.
Eventually, the collection found it’s way to the Musée Marmottan in Paris.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait de Victorine de Bellio, 1892. Oil on canvas, 55 x 46 cm. Musée Marmottan, Paris