Rehs Galleries, Inc. is one of the world’s leading art galleries specializing in important 19th and 20th century works of art; with a particular focus on artists who exhibited at the Paris Salons and London’s Royal Academy between 1860 and 1920. This family gallery has had a long and noteworthy history. Begun in the late 1930’s, the gallery was the largest importer of 18th & 19th century paintings from Europe; bringing in close to 600 paintings a month. The firm was reputed to have bought out entire estates and large parts of auctions. Their style of purchasing was so grand that they were written up in The Bournemouth Times, Westbourne, England in November of 1958 when they purchased 60 paintings from one sale.
In the early 1960’s Joseph Rehs entered the business and continued with the then current mission of selling works on a strictly wholesale basis – supplying many of the art galleries throughout North America. By 1978 the gallery moved to a new location on the East Side of Manhattan and began to cater more to the design professional and private collector. Then in 1981 Howard Rehs entered the business. With his strong art historical background he and his father, have guided the gallery to its current position in the art world – one of the premier galleries specializing in important Academic and Realist works of art. As always the gallery prides itself on the quality and condition of the works it offers for sale.
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Current Research Projects:
Julien Dupré (1851-1910) - Catalogue Raisonné
Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924) - Catalogue Raisonné
Emile Munier (1840-1895) - Virtual Checklist: www.emilemunier.org
Louis Aston Knight (1873-1948) - Virtual Checklist: site under construction
Charles Edouard DelortBiography of the Artist
Charles Edouard Delort
(1841 - 1895)
At the Window
Oil on panel
9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches
Private collection, Long Island Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York City
Charles Edouard Delort
(1841 - 1895)
Charles Delort was born in Nimes, France, on February 4, 1841 and spent the early part of his life in the area around Bordeaux. At the age of 12 he entered the naval Academy, but the strict training was not to his liking and he soon left. He met M. Duhousset, the Professor of Design at the college of Lorient, in Brittany and studied with him for a short time. It soon became clear to Charles that Duhousset’s mission was to prepare and persuade him to enter military school (l’Ecole de etat-major). He left his studies in Brittany and headed for Paris. Delort arrived in Paris in 1859 and thanks to the recommendation of Gérôme (a family friend), he entered the studio of Gleyre where he made rapid progress. It was during his training with Gleyre that George Pradel noted in Les Aquarellists, Paris 1883, where Delort acquired … those warm, refined, yet vigorous octaves of color which we are to find at a later period in all his work. In 1862 Gérôme sailed for Egypt and Delort, seeing the opportunity for a close relationship with the master, accompanied him. With Gérôme as his mentor and guide, Delort was able to complete an important series of studies during the journey and upon returning to Paris, he entered the competition for the Prix de Rome. Delort spent the next few years in his retreat at Marlotte, where he studied and worked on his technique. In 1866 he was ready to exhibit and made his debut at the Paris Salon with his work – Daphnis and Chloe. The work was a great success and as he continued to exhibit his popularity rose … collectors and dealers soon learned the way to his studio in Marlotte. In 1875 he exhibited his most celebrated work – The Embarcation of Manon Lescaut for Louisiana – which one him a medal. It was from this point that he seems to have devoted his career to scenes of the 18th century.