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René Gimpel papers, 1897-1957

Gimpel, René, 1881-1945



Collection Information

Size: Ca. 1925 items (on 7 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence, photographs, diaries, printed material, and writings.

REEL 270: Correspondence, including letters from Gimpel to his parents, 1903-1904, clients, business associates and collectors. Correspondents include Samuel H. Kress, Florence Libby, William Gosline, Joseph Duveen, Blake-More Godwin, Jules S. Bache, Silva White, Helen Frick, Russell Spaulding and David Pell Secor. Also, 6 photographs of Rene and Ernest Gimpel and the Duveen family; accounts and lists; and typescripts of 2 plays written by Gimpel.

REEL 1817 AND SCANNED One photograph of Gimple, previously microfilmed under Photos of Artists II and subsequently scanned and returned to the Gimpel papers.

REELS 415-419: Diaries, 1918-1945, 22 volumes; ca. 750 letters, 1908-1945, including correspondence with Bernard Berenson, Mary Cassatt, Walter Gay, Malvina Hoffman, Arthur Lee, the Rockefeller family, Marcel Proust, and others; writings; a stockbook and price lists; and exhibition catalogs.

REEL 918: Typed translations of letters and postcards to Gimpel from Bernard Berenson, Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Paul Verlaine; 3 exhibition catalogs; a copy of Gimpel's play NOTRE DAME DE LA BELLE VERRIERE and writings on art; photographs of Gimpel (including one of him holding a tennis racket, ca. 1910, also microfilmed on reel 1817, fr. 533-534), his father, 1897, Renoir, 1921, Rose Adler, and of art work by Edgar Degas, Derain, Marie Laurencin and Claude Monet; and an essay on Gimpel's imprisonment at Montluc in Lyons, written by Victor Dechelette, a fellow prisoner.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art dealer; Paris, France. Born October 4, 1881; died January 3, 1945.


Material on reel 270 donated 1971 by Lawrence S. Jeppson, who received it from Jean Gimpel as research material for his book on art dealers. Material on reel 918 donated by Jean Gimpel, Rene's son, 1972. Material on reels 415-419 microfilmed in London through Jean Gimpel, 1972.

Language Note

Portions of reels 415-419 are in French.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 415-419: Originals in the possession of Jean Gimpel.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 270, 415-419 and 918 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

René Gimpel papers, 1897-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.