ArtlawTV: Rene Gimpel on Gallery Deals

Gallery Deals – the artist / gallery relationship

Art dealer Rene Gimpel of Gimpel Fils considers the relationship between artists and galleries, including contracts, gallery responsibilities and what commercial galleries do for artists.


“There is a real misunderstanding amongst artists that the commission on sales from a gallery should be 50%.”
Henry Lydiate


René Gimpel has been an art dealer for 40 years in a family firm of dealers. The business started in Paris in 1883, moved to London in 1946 and is now back in Paris (galerie gimpel & múller) as well as London (Gimpel Fils). Gimpel has taken an interest in cultural politics over many years, including active support for the implementation of artist’s resale royalties.

Art dealer: René Gimpel
Art lawyer: Henry Lydiate
Camera: Donald Bousted
Sound: Christian Burnett
Post production: Best Bits Media
Written and produced by: Lubna Gem Arielle
Commissioned by Artquest

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This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material. The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.