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Collection focus / The interiors of Paul Guillaume

19 May – 6 July 2021

The various interiors of Paul Guillaume reflect the dazzling trajectory and singularity of this young Parisian gallery owner. His collection, combining modern and old masters with a taste for non-Western statuary, was one of the most interesting in Paris during the interwar period. From the modest three-room apartment of his beginnings, which allowed him to experiment, to the splendid apartment on the Avenue du Maréchal Maunoury in the 16th arrondissement, where he moved the year of his death in 1934, one can read both the social ascension and the affirmation of the dealer’s artistic tastes of the dealer. In barely twenty years, he was already known to have four addresses, which he used as a showcase for masterpieces by Matisse, Picasso and Derain. These he patiently acquired and presented without any hierarchy, alongside Fang or Baoulé statuettes and masks, which were undoubtedly his greatest artistic passion.

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Salle à manger de l'appartement de Paul Guillaume. Photo originale : 22,4 x 29,5 cm.
© Musée de l'Orangerie / Fonds Alain Bouret

Through numerous photographs, a selection of archival documents and contemporary news stories, and sketches, including a project by Le Corbusier, and a few paintings, this focus takes us to the heart of Paul Guillaume's artistic universe.