Vollard, Ambroise

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Vollard, Ambroise Gender: M
Henri Louis Ambroise Vollard
born on 3 July 1866 at 18:30 (= 6:30 PM )
Place Saint-Denis, Reunion, 20s52, 55e28
Timezone LMT m55e28 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 11°22' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 16°24 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 25°23'

Ambroise Vollard


French art dealer, art collector and publisher, regarded as one of the most important dealers in French contemporary art at the beginning of the twentieth century. He is credited with providing exposure and emotional support to numerous then-unknown artists, including Paul Cézanne, Aristide Maillol, Renoir, Louis Valtat, Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Georges Rouault, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh.

In 1893 Vollard established his own art gallery, at Rue Laffitte, then the centre of the Parisian market for contemporary art. There he mounted his first major exhibitions, buying almost the entire output of Cézanne, some 150 canvases to create his first exhibition in 1895. This was followed by exhibitions of Manet, Gauguin and Van Gogh (4–30 June 1895). These were followed by a second Cézanne exhibition (1898), the first Picasso exhibition (June 1901) and Matisse (1904).

His clients included Albert C. Barnes, Henry Osborne Havemeyer, Gertrude Stein and her brother, Leo Stein.

Having put on the first Picasso exhibition, in 1930 Vollard commissioned Picasso to produce a suite of 100 etchings which became known as the Vollard Suite. Vollard would later write biographies of Cézanne (1914), Degas, and Renoir.

In 1936 in the USA he published his autobiography, Recollections of a Picture Dealer, published in France as Souvenirs d'un marchand de tableaux (Paris, Albin Michel, 1937).

With war approaching, Vollard set out on 21 July 1939 from his cottage in Le Tremblay-sur-Mauldre to travel to his mansion on the Rue Martignac, where he had stored 10,000 artworks. His chauffeur-driven Talbot skidded and then somersaulted twice. Having fractured his cervical vertebrae, there he lay with his chauffeur until found dead, aged 73, the following morning.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Bonnard, Pierre (born 3 October 1867)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Derain, André (born 17 June 1880)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Gauguin, Paul (born 7 June 1848)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Maillol, Aristide (born 8 December 1861)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Manet, Édouard (born 23 January 1832)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Matisse, Henri (born 31 December 1869)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Picasso, Pablo (born 25 October 1881)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Rouault, Georges (born 27 May 1871)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Stein, Gertrude (born 3 February 1874)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Valtat, Louis (born 8 August 1869)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1936 (Autobiography, "Recollections of a Picture Dealer")
  • Death by Accident 21 July 1939 (Automobile accident, age 73)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificate (acte n° 426): "six heures et demie du soir" (six-thirty in the evening).


  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Art)
  • Personal : Death : Accidental
  • Vocation : Art : Other Art (Dealer)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Art gallery)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Sales (Art dealer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Recollections of a Picture Dealer")
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer (Artists)
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession