Who We AreThe 19th Century Experts
Gallery 19C is an international gallery focusing exclusively on the 19th Century, one of the richest, most diverse 100 years in the history of art. Eric Weider and Polly Sartori represent an unusual combination of expertise and passion for the 19th Century. Eric has been a collector for 25 years and understands the collector’s need for quality and value. Polly has 30 plus years’ experience running the 19th Century Paintings Departments at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York. Together they bring incredible depth of knowledge and dedication to the formation of Gallery 19C. No one is better positioned to serve today’s passionate collector by introducing them to the quality, the variety and the diversity of The Spectacular 19th Century.
The legacy of 19th century art
“We stand on the brink of a revolution in the arts.”
Modern art was made possible by the work of the 19th Century artists who strove to develop their individual artistic expression from within a fairly rigid system and in the process wound up freeing artists from any system. Artists like Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Picasso were all direct beneficiaries of what came before. The freedom any contemporary artist enjoys (and perhaps takes for granted) is their inheritance from the 19th Century. Gallery 19C celebrates those who came before – Delacroix, Courbet, Corot, Millet, artists who are surprisingly still not as well-known as those who followed. At the same time, Gallery 19C also celebrates the art of the traditional painters, those who chose David and Ingres as their inspiration. They too, long overlooked, deserve a place in the pantheon of 19th century art history.
We believe that the 19th Century is poised for a much deserved reevaluation, after almost 80 years in obscurity due a fixation with Impressionism and other forms of modern and contemporary art. For those who are collectors or enthusiasts of the Impressionist and Modern movements, our offerings will take you back to their roots so that you can re-experience the excitement of the time and see in it very clearly the lead up to everything that followed…a product of continuous rather than radical change.
We believe the coming decade or two may be the final opportunity for private collectors and museums to secure the very best 19th Century paintings at still reasonable prices. As a gallery, our goal is to offer the best works by the most significant artists from the period.
Eric WeiderFounder and director
Contact usWe would love to hear from you
If you are interested in our paintings, or if you have a painting that you would like to sell or consign to us, or have us discreetly broker for you, contact us. We also offer appraisals and advisory and curatorial services. In certain situations we will consider making loans against your art collection.
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