After 20 years experience in the international-auction world in Paris, New York and Los Angeles, in 1987 Marc Blondeau resigned as chairman of Sotheby's France to open the first international consultancy working in the field of fine art of the 19th and 20th-century. He focuses on painting, drawing and sculptures by major artists from 1820 till the present day.
In 2000, he moved from Paris to Geneva, to the new premises of BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services located in a converted early 20th-century factory-building at 5 rue de la Muse, in the heart of the lively "Quartier des Bains".
Through our knowledge, experience and networks in the art market, we are able to confidentially offer works of art (mainly from private sources) to collectors and institutions, while our position as independent consultants allows us to guide and assist our clientele in acquisitions at auction or from major international galleries.
We also offer services and assistance relating to the management of collections, such as exhibition loans, shipping, storage and insurance.
Our reference library of 15,000 titles, including catalogues raisonnés, monographs, exhibition catalogues and auction catalogues enables us to provide in-depth cataloguing research for works consigned to or purchased through us.
Under the directorship of Philippe Davet, we also share our views on Contemporary and Emerging Art with our clientele through exhibitions at 5 rue de la Muse. We do not represent artists but collaborate with their galleries.
Over the years, we have undertaken private transactions for major works by artists such as:
- 19th century & Impressionism
Cézanne, Corot, Courbet, Degas, Delacroix, Gauguin, Géricault, Ingres, Manet, Monet, Rodin, Seurat, Signac, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh …
- Modern Art
Arp, Balthus, Brancusi, Braque, Derain, Duchamp, Ernst, Giacometti, Gris, Man Ray, Matisse, Mirò, Mondrian, Picasso, Tanguy …
- Post-War & Contemporary Art
André, Bacon, Chillida, Flavin, Freud, Judd, Kippenberger, Klein, Kline, de Kooning, Koons, Lewitt, Martin, Nauman, Newman, Pollock, Prince, Rauschenberg, Rothko, Ryman, Serra, de Staël, Tinguely, Warhol …
Through our longstanding relationship with Etienne Bréton (Paris), we can provide a similar service covering works from the 14th to the 19th century. Etienne Bréton has helped many important French and international collectors to acquire major old masters and has generated important acquisitions for French, European and North American institutions, including the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, the National Gallery of Washington, the Getty, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Clarke Institute Williamstown, by negotiating sales of major pictures by Courbet, Coypel, David, Delacroix, Girodet, Goya, Liotard, Natoire, Tiepolo, Tissot and Vernet amongst others.