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Art historians, collectors, and enthusiasts will soon have a new treasure trove to work with via the Wildenstein Plattner Institute. You don’t want to overlook this!

The Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI) recently announced that it will make available more than a century’s worth of documentation, featuring materials such as stock books from galleries, artists’ correspondence, and annotated sale catalogues. The materials will be digitized to develop online catalogue raisonnés for Impressionists such as Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, and Claude Monet.

Elizabeth Gorayeb, the WPI’s executive director, suggests, “The exciting thing about the archive is that there are materials here that were long thought to have been destroyed, and others that have not been available to the public at large, so this is an important development for art historians, dealers, and provenance researchers.” Gorayeb also said the archives at WPI contain records from legendary Paris art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who worked with artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne.

Via the WPI’s webpage, the nonprofit organization adds “[The WPI] will create a comprehensive inventory of the archives, with a digital finding aid that will be available on our website. The WPI is also developing a database of digitized archival material and online catalogue raisonnés that will provide the most up-to-date information on the oeuvre of significant artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.”

To learn more, visit WPI.

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