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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Julien Dupré (1851-1910) - Catalogue Raisonné
Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924) - Catalogue Raisonné
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Auguste BonheurBiography of the Artist
(1824 - 1884)
Vaches a la Riviere, Berger et ses Moutons
Oil on canvas
29 x 40 1/2 inches
Framed: 44 x 55 1/2 inches
(1824 - 1884)
Auguste Bonheur was born on September 21, 1824 to Raymond and Sophie Bonheur. His father, Raymond, was a successful artist who received his training in Bordeaux under Pierre Lacour (1778-1859), a pupil of Jacques Louis David, and considered himself a painter of history. For the first 5 years of his life Auguste, and his family, lived an idyllic life in Bordeaux. In 1829 the family moved to Paris and his father found work in a boarding school and gave private drawing lessons. Work was intermittent and for the first year or so the family moved from apartment to apartment. Raymond was deeply engaged in many of the political movements of the time and after the July revolution he found it almost impossible to find work. By 1833 his mother fell ill and died - leaving Raymond with three children. Life for the family was hard for the next few years and it was not until 1842, when Raymond remarried, that a more stable environment was created. When Auguste was old enough he entered his father’s atelier and like his older sister Rosa, received his formal training there. Auguste devoted his artistic career to landscape and animal painting and was known to collaborate with his sister on a number of works. Walters & Hutton noted in their book Artists of the Nineteenth Century and Their Work (published in 1894) that: Like his sister, he paints oxen with remarkable truthfulness, but in her overshadowing fame that of the brother has been lessened, and he has not always received the praise justly his due. Auguste began to exhibit at the Paris Salon in the early 1840’s, receiving a third class medal in 1852, a second class medal in 1859 and the first class medal in 1861. Auguste was a frequent exhibitor in England as well - showing works in Manchester, Leeds and London; these works included Mountain Landscape with Cattle; Sheep by the Seaside; Landscape with Cattle and Going to Market. He continued to paint and exhibit his work until his death on February 21, 1884. Today examples of his work can be seen in museums in Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Cardiff, Hamburg.