DANIEL-HENRY KAHNWEILER: DEALER AND PUBLISHER
In the history of 20th-century art, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1884–1979) is a legend. Originally from Germany, he chose to open his gallery in Paris in 1907 at 28 rue Vignon. The few exhibitions and presentations that he organised there until 1914 converted him into the pioneering dealer of Cubism. A promotor of Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck, and later of Juan Gris and Fernand Léger, Kahnweiler created an international network of Cubist collectors from the ground up, including Hermann Rupf, Roger Dutilleul, Vincent Kramar, Sergei Shchukin and Gertrude Stein. He also surrounded himself by the best critics, featuring Guillaume Apollinaire, Wilhelm Uhde, Ardengo Soffici and Carl Einstein. Kahnweiler was also a passionate writer who became a publisher to be able to bring together the poets and painters of the Cubist group in exquisitely edited volumes: among other, Apollinaire and Derain in L’Enchanteur pourrissant [The Rotting Sorcerer], from 1909, and Max Jacob and Picasso in Saint-Matorel, from 1910.