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Manzi, Michel

Italian, 1849 - 1915

Biography

Michel Manzi, engraver, editor and picture dealer, was born on September 29, 1849, in Naples, and educated as an engineer at the polytechnical institute in Turin. Around 1872 he moved to France, where he was associated with a group of Italian artists including Boldini. In 1881 he was hired by the Galerie Boussod et Valadon as technical director of its printing and engraving studio. Through Boussod et Valadon he became acquainted with Maurice Joyant [1964-1930], who became director of the gallery in 1890 following the death of Theo van Gogh. Manzi and Joyant became increasingly involved in the publishing operation of the gallery. In 1893 the publishing house went by the name Boussod-Valadon, Manzi et Joyant and in 1897 became Manzi et Joyant. Boussod et Valadon ceased operations in 1919, and its collections were dispersed at auction at Georges Petit. After the death of Jean Boussod, Manzi and Joyant established their own gallery on the rue de la Ville-l'Eveque. [Compiled from sources and references recorded on CMS]

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