Dina Vierny GALLERY

In 1926, when she was seven years old, Dina Vierny left Russia for Paris. One day, Jean-Claude Dondel noticed the fifteen years old girl and told Maillol that she looked similar to his work and that of Renoir. Dina Vierny met Maillol in 1934 at Marly-le-Roi and started sitting for him. When the war stated, Maillol left for Banyuls where Dina eventually joined him in 1940.

As a member of the French resistance, she was arrested and Maillol sent her away to sit for his dearest friends: Bonnar, Matisse and Dufy. After being arrested for a second time, Dina is sent to Fresnes’ prison. Released after six month thanks to Maillol, she returned to Banyuls and eventually came back to Paris after the liberation of France in 1944. In September 1944, Maillol accidentally died following a car accident.

Following Matisse and Jeanne Bucher’s advices, Dina Vierny opened a gallery in 1947. Overnight, the gallery became famous in Paris. The first exhibition was dedicated to Maillol and was then followed by exhibitions of Rodin, Henri Laurens, Matisse, Serge Poliakoff, Picasso, Kandinsky, Pougny, Dufy, Doucet, Charchoune, Gilioli, Couturier or Zitman, the Modern Primitives, ... In the early 70s, she went to the Soviet Union and discovered the work of Kabakov, Yankilevsky, Oscar Rabin and Boulatov. She smuggled their works out of Russia and organised the well-known exhibition Avant-garde russe – Moscou 73.

Always driven by this same eclecticism, the gallery is now directed by the son of Dina Vierny, Olivier Lorquin. It still presents the works of its previous artists but also commits itself towards contemporary artists such as Frank Horvat, Jerry Schatzberg, Jean-François Jonvelle, Ra’anan Levy or Nina Mushinsky.

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