Alphonse Bellier • Vente Silberberg

Le nom Bellier est apparu sur le marché de l’art en 1920, lorsque Alphonse Bellier prit l’initiative de soumettre aux enchères les artistes modernes de son temps. Au fil de quatre décennies d’activités, de nombreuses ventes sont restées historiques. A sa suite, son fils Jean-Claude Bellier mena une carrière d ‘expert-marchand et constitua une collection d’art africain, océanien, eskimo de première importance. A l’occasion de l’ouverture d’une seconde galerie parisienne quai Voltaire en 1988, Luc Bellier organisa des expositions telle que « Polyptyques et Paravents, un siècle de création, 1890-1990 ». En 1994, il créa sa propre structure de conseil et transaction. Durant la décennie 2000, il s’implanta rue de l’Élysée dans une splendide galerie privative pour y mener notamment les expositions Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Édouard Vuillard et de nombreuses autres présentations fusionnant l’art de plusieurs siècles. Aujourd’hui, Luc Bellier continue de traquer les œuvres majeures de son domaine d’expertise au moment où elles pourraient changer de main. Dans le même temps, il continue l’accomplissement d’une collection d’œuvres récentes, en dehors de toutes considérations et pratiques normées.

The Belliers have been involved in the business of art since 1920, when Alphonse Bellier was leading his first auction. He quickly turned into Paris’s most renown auctioneer, when the city was still at the heart of the art trade. He distinguished himself from his pairs introducing contemporary art into auctions. After the four Kahnweiler sales, he sold, among others, the collections of Georges Aubry, Paul Eluard, André Breton, Jules Strauss, Felix Fénéon and, at the end of his career, the Cognacq sale and the Regnault sale, (which was held in Amsterdam). His son Jean Claude became the youngest authorized expert in France, while building one of the most important collections of primitive art of his génération.
Hi son Yann opened a gallery in New York in the early eighties. In 1988, Luc and Yann opened a new gallery in the quai Voltaire, which they led together. It was closed in 1994 due to the crisis of the beginning of the decade. While monitoring the family business, Luc created his own advising structure, before opening, in 2000, a private gallery in the rue de l’Elysée. After the inaugural and pioneering show dedicated to Edvard Munch, he organized many monographic exhibitions of major artists, including Vuillard, Lartigue, Picasso, and many thematic exhibitions, like a Bob Dylan exhibions by Jerry Shatzberg. The decay of Paris for the trade of major works of modern art led him to close the rue de l’Elysée gallery in the late ‘2000. Today, there is no physical gallery space. However, in addition to an high grade advisory service, an online activity is developing.