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Boulevard Malherbes 43

It is unknown whether the current building at Boulevard Malherbes 43 is the one that housed Georges Thomas. If you have more information about its current status, please let us know using the comments form at the bottom of this page.

Van Gogh in

Georges Thomas

  1. 19 Feb. 1888 1886
     - 19 Feb. 1888 1888

Georges Thomas (?–1908), also known as Père Thomas, kept a small gallery that exhibited and sold contemporary art. He was one of the first people to sell the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Vincent’s art was displayed in Thomas’s gallery but as far as is known, none was ever sold. A few other small Parisian dealers, such as Julien Tanguy and Pierre Firmin Martin, also exhibited his work at the time.

Vincent characterised Thomas as “half dealer, half collector”. because he also acquired art for his own private use. For instance, he purchased one of Émile Bernard’s paintings at the exhibition Vincent organised at Restaurant du Chalet. Vincent hoped to gain Thomas’s support as he still found it difficult to sell his art: while living in Arles, he repeatedly tried to persuade his brother to ask Thomas to advance finances on presumed future sales.

Relevant letters from Vincent

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