Ambroise Vollard (Biographical details)

Ambroise Vollard (publisher/printer; dealer/auction house; French; Male; 1865 - 1939)

Also known as

Vollard, Ambroise


Art dealer and publisher who opened his gallery in Paris in 1893. Vollard was instrumental in establishing the careers of artists such as Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso and made his money from selling their paintings. His personal passion was publishing albums and lavishly illustrated books by painters whom he liked, and as a consequence he became the most important XXc art publisher. Killed in a car crash, and left a chaotic estate, with numerous projects incomplete.
His first two 'Albums des Peintres-Graveurs' were published in 1896 and 1897 in editions of 100. The first contained 22 prints, the second 32 prints. A third album was planned but never published: 14 prints are known for it.


(autobiography) 'Souvenirs d'un marchand de tableaux', Paris 1937 (fuller than the English translation of the previous year)
Una E.Johnson, 'AV editor, an appreciation and catalogue', New York MOMA, 2nd ed. 1977 (suprsedes the 1st ed. of 1944, and contains a catalogue of his publications)
François Chapon, 'AV éditeur', GBA 94 (1979), and 95 (1980)
'Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde', Metropolitan Museum NY, 2006 (ed. Rebecca A.Rabinow) (contains vast amounts of primary material based on the Vollard archives in Paris).