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Galerie Valentin, long-time ADAC member, permanently closes its doors

It was in 1934 that Lucienne and Louis Lange founded Galerie L’Art Francais on Laurier Avenue in Montreal. Many interesting artists were showing their work at that time such as Ozias Leduc, Marc-Aurèle Suzor-Coté and Marc-Aurèle Fortin among others. In 1975 Jean-Pierre Valentin and his wife Anne-Marie bought L’Art Francais from Madame Lange and continued to show the work of the aforementioned artists but also chose to represent the next generation of artists.

In 1986 Galerie L’Art Français moved to Sherbrooke Street, near the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and in 1992 changed its name to Galerie Jean-Pierre Valentin.

Eighty-six years after its founding, Galerie Valentin is permanently closing its doors after the passing of its owner, a major player on the Canadian art scene.

Behind the man elected President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada in 1981, who sat also on the Committee of the Cultural Property Commission of Canada on 2003, who helped many clients and corporations in developing major collections of Canadian art, who put his expertise servicing the Museum Institutions, and who spent over 13 years starting and updating the catalogue raisonné of Marc-Aurèle Fortin, one discovers a knowledgeable person, generous in sharing his know-how and so sensitive to beauty.

The Art Dealers Association of Canada thanks Jean-Pierre Valentin, his family, and his staff for their noble contributions to the art and art dealing communities.


C’est en 1934 que Lucienne et Louis Lange fondent sur la rue Laurier à Montréal, la galerie l’Art Français. Nombreux furent les artistes exposés: Ozias Leduc, Marc-Aurèle Suzor-Coté, Marc-Aurèle Fortin et bien d’autres artistes canadiens. En 1975 Jean-Pierre Valentin et son épouse Anne-Marie achètent l’Art Français à Mme Lange et continuent à exposer les artistes mentionnés plus haut mais également des artistes contemporains qui aujourd’hui constituent la relève.

En 1986, la galerie L’Art Français déménage sur la rue Sherbrooke, dans le prestigieux quartier du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal et enfin, en 1992, Jean-Pierre Valentin donne son propre nom à la galerie.

86 ans après sa fondation, la Galerie Valentin ferme définitivement ses portes à la suite du décès de celui qui en fit un joueur important sur la scène de l’art Canadien au pays.

Derrière l’homme élu président de l’Association des marchands d’art du Canada en 1981, qui a siégé sur le comité de la Commission des biens culturels en 2003, qui a aidé de nombreux clients et corporations au développement de collections d’œuvres majeures d’art Canadien, qui a mis son expertise au service des institutions muséales et qui a consacré plus de 13 ans sur le catalogue raisonné de Fortin, on découvre une personne connaissante, généreuse de son savoir et sensible à la beauté.

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