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Bertrand Gautier: An Appetite for Risk

Published on , by Caroline Legrand

Talabardon & Gautier Gallery, a founding member of Fine Arts Paris, is known for its famous discoveries due to the work of passionate, even jubilant dealers. Here’s a look back at the adventure with Bertrand Gautier.

Bertrand Gautier in the Talabardon & Gautier gallery on Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré... Bertrand Gautier: An Appetite for Risk

Bertrand Gautier in the Talabardon & Gautier gallery on Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré in Paris, admiring a terracotta by David d’Angers.
Photo Justin Creedy Smith

You don’t have an ordinary background for an art dealer. Bertrand Talabardon's background is much more conventional than mine. He studied at the é cole du Louvre and worked as an archivist at Prouté for five years before opening the gallery. But I was never cut out for school! I got my baccalaureate by chance. I lived in Africa, but now I’m a Parisian at heart. I have always wanted to live in this city because I love architecture. I’m truly self-taught in many areas. In fact, I started my career in 1979 as an assistant for a television show. […] I dabbled in everything, even editing. When did you and Bertrand create the gallery? In 1992, when I left television. I could either gain more experience in that profession or help my best friend in this new adventure — an easy choice in the end. However, the art market was going through very tough times. We had to work hard…
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