The History of The Lefevre Gallery


The Lefevre Gallery was established on 26th April 1926 by Mr Alex Reid and Monsieur Earnest Lefevre, two of the most eminent dealers in French Impressionist and Modern art in the United Kingdom at the time. Its first premises were in King Street, St. James’s; eventually moving to Bruton Street, London until its closure in April 2002.

Alex Reid had been trained in Paris with Theo van Gogh at Broussod and Valadon and had lodged with Theo’s brother Vincent; there he was first introduced to Impressionist paintings. Between 1889 and 1926, he dealt from his gallery in Glasgow and then moved to London.

On joining forces with his main competitor, Lefevre, Alex sent his son A.J. McNeil Reid to run the gallery and Reid & Lefevre was established.

The gallery continued to exhibit Impressionist and Modern art, with such groundbreaking shows as:

  • George Seurat in May 1926
  • Henri Matisse in June 1927
  • Degas June 1928
  • Modigliani in March 1929
  • Pablo Picasso in June 1931
  • Renoir June 1935
  • Cezanne July 1935
  • Dali June/July 1936
  • Francis Bacon in 1945
  • Calder in January 1951
  • Balthus in January 1952
  • Kandinski in 1972
  • The Complete Sculptures' of Degas in 1976
  • Picasso Sketchbooks' in 1994 and many others

Some examples of paintings that have been sold by the gallery since its establishment are: 

  • Seurat’s ‘Les Poseuses’ in the Barnes Foundation, Pennsylvania
  • Cezanne’s ‘L’Homme a la Pipe’ in the Courtauld Collection, London
  • Monet’s ‘Le Bassin aux Nympheas’ in the National Gallery, London
  • Renoir’s ‘Le Moulin de la Galette’ in the Whitney Collection, New York (later sold in 1990 for US$78,000,000)

 

What we offer


In the media hungry and pressurised world we live in, Lefevre Fine Art offers an alternative way of buying and selling works of art; we are discreet, private and unhurried.

To sellers, we can make an outright purchase; the sale is guaranteed and immediate with no charges for insurance and cataloguing. To buyers, we offer time to consider a purchase without the pressure of a gavel or under the gaze of an audience and the world's press.

For those starting or broadening their collection, we offer advice and expertise. We understand the importance of building long-standing relationships with our clients.

We also offer advice on buying or selling at auction, guidance on condition, quality and value as well as advice on bidding strategies or even bidding on behalf of the client.

We can take works on consignment, finding the right buyer at the right price, quietly and discreetly. We also carry out appraisals for insurance, gift and inheritance tax purposes.