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Anne Gruner: The Quiet Philanthropist

Published on , by Valentin Grivet

Creator of the Fondation des Treilles, Anne Gruner Schlumberger devoted her life to artists and built up a collection of works by Dubuffet, Arp, Ernst, Brauner, Picasso and Giacometti, among others. Some of her treasures are now on show in Toulouse.

Portrait of Anne Gruner Schlumberger.© Lambrakis. Anne Gruner: The Quiet Philanthropist
Portrait of Anne Gruner Schlumberger.
© Lambrakis.
Throughout her life, Anne Gruner Schlumberger (1905-1993) supported the artists she loved, while promoting culture and knowledge. She created the Fondation des Treilles in the Var region of France and spent decades assembling an impressive collection of objets d’art, furniture, folk art and above all paintings and sculptures by Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Victor Brauner, Jean Dubuffet, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti and, closer to our times, François-Xavier Lalanne and Yassilakis Takis. The daughter of Conrad Schlumberger, the founder with his brother Marcel of the Electric Prospecting Company (later the multinational Schlumberger Ltd), she grew up in a cultivated family. Her uncle Jean, a writer, co-founded the NRF literary review with André Gide and Roger Martin du Gard. Anne was attracted to drawing when she was young, and took lessons from the sculptor Henri…
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