Held at the Petit Palais since 2016, then donated to the museum in 2021, the Marianne Roland Michel Documentation is now accessible in the museum’s documentation centre.
The Marianne Roland Michel collection brings together the scientific documentation of the Galerie Cailleux. Based from 1923 to 2000 at 136 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, this was one of the key venues for trading in 18th century French paintings, drawing and sculptures. This collection is named after its final director, Marianne Roland Michel (1936-2004), grand-daughter of the founder and renowned art historian, who considerably developed the gallery’s documentation and opened it up very freely for consultation by students and researchers. The transfer of this documentation to the Petit Palais allows us to continue this tradition.
It contains abundant documentation on European painters and illustrators from the beginning of the 16th century to the early decades of the 19th century, sorted by alphabetical order and by school in 700 archive boxes. The French School predominates, with 1200 artists in 500 boxes. The “stars” of the documentation are Hubert Robert (60 boxes), Fragonard (32 boxes), Watteau (30 boxes) as well as lesser known artists and works, often discovered by Marianne Roland Michel herself.
Artist dossiers and thematic dossiers
A summary inventory of holdings of artist dossiers and thematic dossiers can be downloaded below. Dossiers on artists whose name is shown in bold type are well documented. Other dossiers are less extensive.
Summary inventory of dossiers
A set of catalogues for exhibitions organised by the Galerie Cailleux or in conjunction with it is also available on site:
Bibliography of Galerie Cailleux publications