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.