From June 24 to September 24th, 2017, The Musée Granet will give its visitors the chance to discover, through nearly 100 masterworks of Modern and Contemporary Art, the history of the Jeanne Bucher Jaeger Gallery, where adventure and passion for art have mixed since 1925.

In 1925, Jeanne Bucher created the gallery and exhibited cubists, surrealists, primitivists, and abstract artists from the pre-war period.

From its origins, the Jeanne Bucher Gallery was situated in an avant-garde climate, not limiting itself to any one trend exclusively, and exhibited cubists, surrealists, primitivists, and abstract artists from the pre-war period.

Originally from Alsace, Jeanne Bucher (Guebwiller, 1872 – Paris, 1946) arrived in Paris in 1922 from Switzerland, where she had taken refuge during the First World War. Trilingual, she ran a foreign language bookstore at 3 rue du Cherche-Midi in 1924, above Pierre Chareau’s la Boutique, which rapidly became a meeting place. The store was transformed in 1925 into an exhibition space for artists from diverse origins with whom Jeanne Bucher formed profound friendships, among whom was Jean Lurçat, who served as her mentor. Thus began to appear on her little picture rails works of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, André Masson, Chaïm Jacob Lipchitz, Louis Marcoussis, Max Ernst and his Histoire Naturelle, Giorgio de Chirico, André Bauchant, Hans Arp and Piet Mondrian.

A gallery recognized for promoting and supporting the most innovative artists

These universally lauded presentations allowed Jeanne Bucher to open her own gallery in March 1929, at 5 rue du Cherche-Midi, where she showed Massimo Campigli, Alberto Giacometti, Joaquín Torres-García, Henri Laurens, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Arpad Szenes and Francis Picabia.

From 1935 until the beginning of the Second World War, with the support of Marie Cuttoli, Jeanne Bucher opened a space at 9ter boulevard du Montparnasse, where she exhibited artists that are today among the greatest names in modern art: Vassily Kandinsky, Raoul Dufy, Fernand Léger, Man Ray, Lucio Fontana, Yves Tanguy, Otto Freundlich, Willi Baumeister, Jean et Sophie Taeuber Arp, Etienne Hajdu and Arpad Szenes.

During the war, Jeanne Bucher, an engaged gallerist recognized for her fearlessness in promoting and championing the most innovative artists, also supported Joan Miró, Dora Maar and Vera Pagava, Hans Reichel and the new currents of abstraction, André Lanskoy and Nicolas de Staël. She pursued her considerable work as editor of art books, principally with Georges Hugnet, and brought back from the United States in 1946 important works of American artists such as Mark Tobey and Robert Motherwell, whom she intended to present to the Parisian public before death took her in November of the same year.

Beginning in 1947, Jean-François Jaeger takes over direction of the gallery and solidifies its international dimension

These artistic directions were maintained thanks to the efforts of Bucher’s great-nephew, Jean-François Jaeger, who would assume direction of the gallery beginning in 1947. He showed European and American postwar Abstractionists, but also the new figurative and realist painters of the 1970s. He also aligned himself with Jeanne Bucher by assuring the continued promotion of artists such as Hans Reichel, Vieira da Silva, Arpad Szenes, Etienne Hajdu, Jean Lurçat and Nicolas de Staël.

In the 1950s, he exhibited Roger Bissière, Jean Bertholle, the young Fermin Aguayo, Wilfrid Moser, and Louis Nallard as well as Mark Tobey and Louise Nevelson, the latter two being shown for the first time in Europe. The new space at 53 rue de Seine, beginning in 1960, allowed for large-scale exhibitions of indigenous art mounted with Marcel Evrard, but also the abstract artists Jean Dubuffet, Asger Jorn and Miodrag Dado, as well as the narrative figuration of Gérard Fromanger, the naturalism of Paul Rebeyrolle, and the concrete basalt sculptures of Jean Amado.

The introduction of great Asian artists such as the Japanese Kunihiko Moriguchi, the young Chinese artist Yang Jiechang, the Taoist master Chen, as well as public art with sculptors such as Gérard Singer, Dani Karavan, Jean-Paul Philippe and Mark di Suvero, attests to the gallery’s international importance.

The year 2000: Véronique Jaeger and an inherited passion for art

The directorship of the gallery was set up at rue de Seine in the beginning of the 2000s by Véronique Jaeger, great granddaughter of Jeanne Bucher and daughter of Jean-François Jaeger. Véronique Jaeger has initiated a major cycle of important solo exhibitions of artists linked for years to the gallery, such as Vieira da Silva, Arpad Szenes, Roger Bissière, Jean Dubuffet, as well as rediscovered artists such as Hans Reichel, Antonio Seguí, Dani Karavan, and Vera Pagava. She is also dedicating herself to the organization of the gallery’s archives, all the while securing the promotion of new artists, thus perpetuating the gallery’s tradition of discovery and adventure.

In addition to the left bank space on rue de Seine, in 2008 she introduced a vast double space in the Marais which permits her to present new living international artists, among whom are Michael Biberstein, Miguel Branco, Dani Karavan, Rui Moreira, Susumu Shingu, Fabienne Verdier, Paul Wallach, Evi Keller, Yang Jiechang, Hanns Schimansky and Zarina Hashmi as well as the historical figures of the Gallery.

Curators of the exhibition: Bruno Ely, Head Curator of the Musée Granet, and Véronique Jaeger, Director of the Jeanne Bucher Jaeger Gallery.

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André Masson, Le Buste, 1926
Oil on canvas
18 × 15 in
Max Ernst, Système de monnaie solaire, 1925
Crayon et frottage sur papier
46 × 26,5 cm
Charles Lapicque, Composition mécanique, circa 1930
Oil on wood
20,8 × 14,5 in
Henri Laurens, Tête, 1917
Paper glued on cardboard
13,3 × 8,6 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Joaquín Torres-García, composition, 1932
Oil on wood
26,1 × 18,3 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Alberto Giacometti, Untitled (Head), April 2016
After the original plaster from 1926
AP IV/IV
Reconstituted stone
17,2 × 7 × 5,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Hans Reichel, Composition, 1927
Oil on cardboard
8,1 × 8,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Fernand Léger, La Femme à la rose, 1930
India ink on paper
14,2 × 10,2 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Fernand Léger, Nature morte sur fond rouge, 1928
Gouache on paper
20,7 × 14,2 in
Paul Klee, Pâles Offrandes, 1937
Gouache on paper
17,1 × 11 in
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, La Scala ou les yeux, 1937
Oil on canvas
23,6 × 36,2 in
Arpad Szenes, Carrousel, 1937
Huile sur carton
13,78 × 10,63 in
Photography by Jean-Louis Losi
Joan Miró, Untitled, 1933
Charcoal and collage on paper
24,8 × 18,5 in
Vassily Kandinsky, Communauté, 1942
Oil on cardboard
19,7 × 19,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Nicolas de Staël, Composition, 1946
Brush and India ink on paper
20,5 × 29,1 in
Nicolas de Staël, Composition, 1948
Brush and India ink on paper
42,5 × 29,1 in
Otto Wols, Untitled, 1940
Watercolour on paper
12,2 × 9,2 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Animal Totem, 1944
Tempera on cardboard
14,6 × 6,9 in
Robert Motherwell, Untitled, 1944
Ink on paper
15,8 × 20,3 in
Milton Avery, Woman reading, 1945
Gouache and watercolour on paper
31 × 22,6 in
Joseph Albers, Oscillating, 1940-1945
Oil on paper
19 × 15,3 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Hans Reichel, Roetl Fisch im Moos, 1927
Oil on cardboard, mounted on cardboard
8,7 × 12,2 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Hans Reichel, Composition n° 9, 1940
Watercolour on paper
11,8 × 9,5 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Roger Bissière, Plein soleil (Composition 23), 1950
Egg tempera on paper mounted on cardboard
13 × 9,6 in
Roger Bissière, Oiseau, 1950
detail

Tempera on paper
16,5 × 13,4 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Roger Bissière, Paysage vert, Composition 279, 1955
Oil on canvas
25,6 × 48,8 in
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Intérieur nègre, 1950
Oil on canvas
18,1 × 25,6 in
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Composition 55, 1955
Oil on canvas
45,7 × 53,9 in
Mark Tobey, World, 1960
Tempera on paper
4,9 × 6,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Rive gauche, 1955
Tempera on paper
24 × 25,8 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Stèle Déesse du Maïs, Région de Tampico, Panuco, 700 ap. J.-C.
Maya

Beige sandstone
42,1 × 16,5 × 6,3 in
Statue Huaxtèque, Xine-Totec “Notre Seigneur l’Ecorché”, 200-1000 apr. J.-C.
Mexique, Panuco provenant de la région de Papantla

Yellow sandstone
39 in
Jean Dubuffet, Site domestique (au fusil espadon), 1966
Vinyl on canvas
49,2 × 78,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Jean Dubuffet, Tête profilée, January 1971
Polyurethane painted Epoxy
24 × 11,4 × 6 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Jean Dubuffet, Personnage pour Washington Parade, 1973
Epoxy resin painted in polyurethane
82,7 × 56,3 × 27,1 in
Jean Dubuffet, Les déambulants F113, 1982
Acrylic on paper on paper mounted on canvas
26,4 × 39,4 in
Jean Dubuffet, Idéoplasme III, 1984
Acryle on paper mounted on canvas
39,37 × 26,38 in
Jean Dubuffet, Expansion de l’être H94, 1984
Acryle sur papier entoilé
67 × 100 cm
Jean Amado, Tout en dormant, 1989
Red ocre basalt cement
26,7 × 53,5 × 21,2 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1957
Black Wood
58,3 x 7,9 x 4,7 in
Gérard Singer, Bulobulle, 1971
Edition 24/45

Paint on epoxy and thermoformed PVC
18 × 23,2 × 9,8 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Asger Jorn, Untitled, 1946-1947
Oil on hardboard
22,8 × 20,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Fermín Aguayo, Angel pobre,1955
Oil on canvas
41,9 × 50 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Fermín Aguayo, Infante Margarita en rose, 1960-1961
Oil on canvas
76,8 × 51,2 in
Photograph by D.Bordes
Fermín Aguayo, Atelier aux oranges, 1967-1968
Oil on canvas
74,8 × 114,2 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Louis Nallard, Hommage à Bissière, 1959
Oil on canvas
35 × 57,4 in
Wilfrid Moser, Le pont Alexandre, 1997
Oil on canvas
45,9 × 28,7 in
Antonio Seguí, Le Cardinal, 1962
Oil on canvas
27,5 × 19,6 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Miodrag Djuric dit Dado
Acrylic and India ink on paper
29,7 × 64,3 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Louis Le Brocquy, Image of Samuel Beckett, 1982
Oil on canvas
28,7 × 28,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Gérard Fromanger, Florence rue d’Orchampt, 1975
Oil on canvas
51,1 × 38,1 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Landscape Stone
China, 18th century
Marble
21,3 × 17,7 in
Paul Rebeyrolle, L’Étang à l’automne, 2001
Oil and mixed media on canvas
44,9 × 57,5 in
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, A nous la liberté I, 1933
Oil on canvas
31,9 × 39,3 in
Vera Pagava, Intérieur, 1970
Oil on canvas
36,2 × 28,7 in
Nicolas de Staël, Eau de Vie, 1948
Oil on canvas
CR 140
39,8 × 32 in
Photographe by Georges Poncet
Jean Dubuffet, Terre orange aux trois hommes, 1953
Oil on hardboard
44,9 × 57,5 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Günter Haese, 277 – Janus, 1992
Brass and phosphorbronze
12,4 × 6,9 × 6,9 in
Dani Karavan, Aliya-Ascent, 2014
Earth
63 × 19,7 × 19,7 in
Edition of 7
Photograph by Georges Poncet
Zarina Hashmi, Lotus, 1982
Edition of 3

Cast paper
23 × 29 × 5 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Michael Biberstein, Poly-Glider, 1996
Acrylic on canvas
74,8 × 63 in
Lingam pré-Khmer, Cambodge 7e / 8e siècle
Grès beige
24 × ø 12,5 cm
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Yang Jiechang, Tale of the 11th Day Mid Autumn, 2011
Ink and minerl colours on slik, mounted on paper and canvas
104,3 × 111,81 in
Photograph by David Bordes
Susumu Shingu, Arbre Flottant, 2006
Carbon fiber, aluminium, stainless steel, polyester
53,2 × Ø 61,4 in
Fabienne Verdier, L'un. Peinture Automne-Hiver, 2010
Pigments and ink on canvas
70,87 × 143,7 in
Photograph by Georges Poncet
Hanns Schimansky, Untitled, 2007
Folding, ink and gouache on paper
29,53 × 39,96 in
Evi Keller, MATIERE-LUMIERE [TOWARDS THE LIGHT - silent transformations] n°4654, 2010
Edition of 7

Silver print photography on ilford flex crystal paper
35,04 × 35,04 in
Evi Keller, MATIERE-LUMIERE [TOWARDS THE LIGHT - silent transformations] n°4817, 2010
Edition of 7

Silver print on Ilford Crystal Archive Paper
35,04 × 35,04 in
Miguel Branco, Untitled, 2010
Painted bronze
29,92 × 42,13 × 16,14 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi