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Deudon, Charles-Henri
French, 1832 - 1914
Biography
Wealthy collector of Impressionism, and friend of the artists, Charles Deudon was the son of a military man, Charles, and his English wife, Elizabeth Sheldon. The Sheldon family was the source of Charles' income, which allowed him to live in Paris from the age of sixteen, and participate in the cultural and artistic life there, contributing occasionally to journals and purchasing paintings. He was part of the circle of the Impressionists and their supporters, and is frequently mentioned in their letters. In 1894 Deudon married Marie Weber, with whom he had two children, Charles and Paul. Shortly after the marriage, the family moved to Nice, where a street is named in his honor, in appreciation of the family's generosity. Charles Deudon donated money to the building of the hospital in Nice, which bears a medallion of his likeness, and his son Paul, an attorney, was a member of the minicipal councel of Nice from 1925-1935. Deudon's art collection, aquired in Paris between 1879-1882, was small but important, including Renoir's The Dancer (1942.9.72) Manet's The Plum (1971.85.1). Upon his death it passed into the hands of Paul Rosenberg, who dispersed the paintings. [Compiled from sources and references recorded on CMS]
Bibliography
1920
"La Collection Deudon." Le Bulletin de la vie artistique (1 May 1920): 306.
1989
Distel, Anne. "Charles Deudon (1832-1914): collectionneur." Revue de l'art 1989:58+
1989
Distel, Anne. Les collectionneurs des impressionists: Amateurs et marchands. Paris, 1989:157-160
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