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
Victor Marais-MiltonBiography of the Artist
(1872 - 1948)
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
Framed: 27 1/4 x 31 1/4 inches
(1872 - 1948)
Born in Paris on July 21, 1872, Marais-Milton specialized in genre paintings often featuring Cardinals and Clerical figures in humorous setting. Trained in the Academic ways, his works display his talent for both drawing and color. His finely modeled figures are captured in richly detailed interiors with rich colors. It appears that Marais-Milton began exhibiting at the Paris Salon in 1898, however his name regularly appears in the exhibitions catalogs after 1908. His choice of subject matter was very popular during the period and many important artists dedicated their careers to similar themes, among them were Vibert, Landini, Croegaert and Brunery. Philip Hook and Mark Poltimore, in their book Popular 19th Century Painting, describe the reason for this: The domestic antics of members of the higher echelons of the Roman Catholic Church exercised a powerful fascination for a number of popular painters and their patrons in the second half of the nineteenth century. These intimate scenes, set behind closed doors of the private quarters of a cardinal’s palace, constitute a clearly-defined genre of painting in their own right. … The immediate reasons for the appeal of such pictures are not far to seek. …. Buyer’s are seduced by the high technique lavished upon them, and relish colour compositions which revel so unashamedly in large expanses of Episcopal purple and crimson. On top of that the treatment is comic and full of character. But to understand the original motivation behind this choice of subject, one must not overlook the element, present in varying degrees in most such works, of anti-clericalism. There is no doubt that contemporary collectors and spectators took great pleasure in the sight on noble figureheads of the church reduced to banal, even undignified proportions. The comedy was appealing, and the anti-clerical message suited the prevailing political mood of the buying public. Along with his achievements at the exhibitions in France, the artist found great success in Monte Carlo, London and the United States. Among the artist’s exhibited works are: Une querelle à l’office – Paris Salon 1909 Les cadeaux du missionnaire – Paris Salon 1910 L’oeuvre du moine – Paris Salon 1911 Un cas de conscience – Paris Salon 1911 L’aveu difficile – Paris Salon 1912 Lassitude – Paris Salon 1912 Une histoire amusante – Paris Salon 1913 Le grain de beauté – Paris Salon 1914