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Dr. Georges de Bellio
We shouldn’t be surprised that many art dealers were very interested in de Bellio’s treasures, but he was not on the market to sell.
After his death, his daughter Victorine inherited a major collection of the impressionist masters and other works. One could fill a small museum with his 143 paintings, 10 pastels, 133 watercolors and drawings and 170 posters by Chéret and Toulouse-Lautrec. It didn’t take long before Victorine and her husband, Eugène Donop de Monchy, were contacted by art dealers.
André Weil, for instance, offered 280,000 francs for “The Europe Bridge”, that de Bellio had bought directly from Monet for only 300 francs. It is one of many offers that the couple refused.
But part of the collection did get dispersed around the world, as was the case for this “Garden of Les Maturins at Pontoise”, one of de Bellio’s 11 Pissaros.
Camille Pissarro, Le Jardin des Mathurins, Pontoise (The Garden of Les Mathurins at Pontoise), 1876. Oil on canvas, 112.7 x 165.4 cm. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City