May 28, 2022

Coming Soon: “The Letters of Picasso’s Dealer and a Century’s Worth of Impressionist Archives Are Going Online”

From artnet News

Art historians and dealers researching works of art will soon have a new trove of materials to work with, courtesy of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI).

A century’s worth of documentation from WPI—featuring materials like stock books from art galleries, artists’ correspondence, and annotated sale catalogues—will be digitized to develop online catalogues raisonnés (a comprehensive list of an artist’s known works) for artists including Edouard ManetBerthe Morisot, and Claude Monet. And though most of the artists already have catalogues in print, the digital versions will reflect new scholarship and can be updated on an ongoing basis.


While it’s hard to promise a timeline so early in the project, [Elizabeth] Gorayeb, [WPI’s executive director] said, a listing of materials in the WPI archive will be published by the end of 2018. The catalogues raisonnés will also be available free to the public in the coming years. (For copyright and intellectual property reasons, some documents will remain confidential, Gorayeb says, but a full list of documents will be public to all, enabling researchers to submit requests for more specific information.)  told artnet News.

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