Berthe Weill exhibition
Grey Art Gallery - New york - coming soon
Biography of Berthe Weill
Only in French - 2011
25, rue Victor Massé - Paris 9e
2, rue de Thorigny - Paris 3e
Beyond the project
I am Marianne Le Morvan, I am 36 years old and I live in Paris. I have a PhD in Art History and I am an independent researcher.
I am a specialist in provenance research: I trace the history of an artwork since its creation. It is a major element when proving its authenticity, creating an argument in favour of its valuation if it previously belonged to a prestigious collector. However, above all it is deontological proof attesting to the transparency of its history: this research has become essential for all the actors of the art world. As most of the archives for the modern art market are in Paris, I do the research for these establishments such as private collectors, auction houses, and museum curators.
I am also a curator and academic advisor for several major exhibitions, particularly on the modern period and women artists.
I aim to be at the origin of rediscoveries in art history. In particular, I have recreated the archives of the avant-garde gallery owner Berthe Weill, I wrote the first book on the Art Deco architectural treasure the Splendid, I reconstructed Auguste Bauchy's collection from previously unpublished archives, and I carried out the first study on the forgotten sculptor Marguerite Peltzer.
I dedicate myself to missions that fascinate me. I like to share it, I teach at the University of Paris and I publish many academic papers, I also contribute to conferences.As Berthe Weill's biographer, I was responsible for the reconstruction of her gallery's archives, which have become indispensable for the study of the Parisian avant-garde period.
I also discovered the story of Auguste Bauchy, a major collector of Gauguin and Van Gogh, whose extensive collection has been documented for the first time from unpublished archives, thanks to a collaboration with his great-grandson that will allow for the upcoming publication of his first biography with a preface by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Attached to little-known heritage, I published the first book on an Art Deco masterpiece whose decor is intact, le Splendid in Dax, in southwestern France. I also discovered the designer of the furniture that was kept there, leading to the career of Victor Courtray, for whom I created the first website presenting his history and his creations.