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Jonas, Edouard

French, 1883 - 1961

Biography

Edouard Léon Jonas was an art dealer in New York and Paris, moving frequently between the two cities in the 1920s and 1930s. He was also associated with the Musée Cognacq-Jay in Paris, acting as its first curator, but In 1940 was stripped of his French citizenship by the Vichy government. Before leaving France he shipped a portion of his private collection and/or dealer stock to a storage depot in Bordeaux, from which it was confiscated by Nazi agents in September 1940.

In 1930 Jonas married, for the third time, the former Mrs. Harriet Schulte. They divorced in 1941, by which time he had closed his New York gallery. In 1949 Jonas retrieved a portion of the Vollard collection from Canada as a representative of the Vollard heirs. In the later 1940s/1950s he lived in Kansas.

Jonas married a fourth and final time to Assunta Genova Maria Bertozzi, and died in Paris in 1961.

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