Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc.

Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc. A premier New York City art gallery specializing in contemporary realism and representational art.

The gallery specializes in Contemporary Realist art and exhibits the works of Ben Bauer, Julie Bell, Todd Casey, Erik Koeppel, James Neil Hollingsworth, Timothy Jahn, John Kuhn, David Palumbo, Chris Pousette-Dart, Tony South, John Stobart and others.

Dutch Museum Attempting Van Gogh Acquisition
06/18/2024

Dutch Museum Attempting Van Gogh Acquisition

The Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands is raising money to buy an important portrait by Vincent van Gogh.

Please let us know if you would like complimentary tickets for the upcoming Hamptons Fine Art Fair. Send an email to inf...
06/16/2024

Please let us know if you would like complimentary tickets for the upcoming Hamptons Fine Art Fair. Send an email to [email protected] and include the number of tickets.

https://hamptonsfineartfair.com/gallery/rehs-contemporary-galleries/

Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc. is a leading destination for contemporary art in New York City, specializing in works that demonstrate superior technical skills and classical training. With a commitment to showcasing artists who push the boundaries of traditional art forms, Rehs Contemporary Galle...

Happy Father's Day. We are pleased to present our second weekly update for June. Several New, Sold and Featured works, a...
06/15/2024

Happy Father's Day. We are pleased to present our second weekly update for June. Several New, Sold and Featured works, along with links to new artworld blog posts. https://conta.cc/3VEI5Su

Happy Father's Day 20 West 55th Street, 5th Floor - New York, New York - 10019 (212) 355 - 5710 HAMPTON SHOW TICKETS There is still time to receive complimentary VIP tickets for the Hamptons Fine Art

Star Wars Boba Fett Figure Shatters Record
06/14/2024

Star Wars Boba Fett Figure Shatters Record

An exclusive Rocket-Firing Boba Fett Star Wars figure has emerged at auction and shattered that previous record.

Christie's Paris Old Masters Sale
06/13/2024

Christie's Paris Old Masters Sale

On June 12th, Christie's Paris hosted its Old Masters sale, featuring a still-life painting that caught everyone's attention.

Van Gogh Painting Returns Home
06/11/2024

Van Gogh Painting Returns Home

The painting Starry Night Over the Rhône by Vincent van Gogh has returned to the city of its creation after over 130 years.

This Past Week In Art World Lawsuits
06/10/2024

This Past Week In Art World Lawsuits

These past few days, the art world has been abuzz with lawsuits, from museums, auction houses, art schools, and proper criminals.

Complimentary tickets for the upcoming Hamptons Art Fair, recent updates on the art market, plus New, Sold & Featured wo...
06/08/2024

Complimentary tickets for the upcoming Hamptons Art Fair, recent updates on the art market, plus New, Sold & Featured works of art. Image detail by: Julie Bell. https://conta.cc/45kaqku

Our first update for June 20 West 55th Street, 5th Floor - New York, New York - 10019 (212) 355 - 5710 HAMPTON SHOW TICKETS This week we received our allotment of complimentary VIP tickets for the Ham

Christie’s Controversy Over Renault Auction
06/07/2024

Christie’s Controversy Over Renault Auction

On June 6th and 7th, Christie’s Paris sold over sixty works of twentieth-century artworks owned by the French auto manufacturer Renault.

Houston Museum Keeps N**i Loot
06/06/2024

Houston Museum Keeps N**i Loot

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston may keep a contested cityscape stolen by the N**is after a recent ruling from a US appellate court.

Embracing the Tranquility of Spring: Andrew Orr's "Softly Falls the Light of Day"
06/05/2024

Embracing the Tranquility of Spring: Andrew Orr's "Softly Falls the Light of Day"

Experience the tranquil beauty of nature with 'Softly Falls the Light of Day', a captivating landscape painting by artist Andrew Orr.

Rediscovered Degas Worth $13 Million?
06/05/2024

Rediscovered Degas Worth $13 Million?

A pastel drawing bought online for $1,000 has been authenticated as an original work by the Impressionist master Edgar Degas.

Gustave Courbet's Revolutionary Life (In 5 Paintings)
06/04/2024

Gustave Courbet's Revolutionary Life (In 5 Paintings)

How did Gustave Courbet, a bohemian, revolutionary communard, lay some of the groundwork for artistic modernism?

UArts Abruptly Announces Closure
06/03/2024

UArts Abruptly Announces Closure

In a shocking move, Philadelphia's University of the Arts (UArts) will be closing, giving faculty and students very little notice.

We are pleased to present Volume 282 of our Comments on the Art Market. Included is information about upcoming fairs/sho...
06/01/2024

We are pleased to present Volume 282 of our Comments on the Art Market. Included is information about upcoming fairs/shows, Tales from the Dark Side, Deeper Thoughts, and more. https://conta.cc/3X12O4d

Stories from the artworld, plus upcoming events and more. 20 West 55th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10019 (212) 355-5710 Volume 282 June 2024 PDF Version Website NEW HOURS FOR JUNE: Monday - Fri

Hockney Catalogue Raisonné By 2026
05/29/2024

Hockney Catalogue Raisonné By 2026

A catalogue raisonné project for the British artist David Hockney will put out its first volume by 2026, covering the artist's paintings.

New Works: Stuart Dunkel - A Celebration Of Whimsy And Mastery
05/29/2024

New Works: Stuart Dunkel - A Celebration Of Whimsy And Mastery

Introducing the latest collection of paintings by renowned artist Stuart Dunkel. Dive into his imaginative and skillful artwork.

Celebrating Hammond’s Latest Works: Porteur du Flambeau and A Day in LA
05/28/2024

Celebrating Hammond’s Latest Works: Porteur du Flambeau and A Day in LA

Explore the vibrant and expressive world of Hammond's new art pieces: Porteur du Flambeau and A Day in LA.

Our last weekly update for May. Several New, Sold & Featured works of art, plus links to our recent blog posts. Featured...
05/25/2024

Our last weekly update for May. Several New, Sold & Featured works of art, plus links to our recent blog posts. Featured image (detail) by: Sergio Roffo. https://conta.cc/3wOzl2F

Our last weekly update for May 20 West 55th Street, 5th Floor - New York, New York - 10019 (212) 355 - 5710 Our gallery will be closed on Monday, May 27th. We wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day Weeken

Rediscovering The Past: Timothy W. Jahn's "Forgotten Reflections"
05/24/2024

Rediscovering The Past: Timothy W. Jahn's "Forgotten Reflections"

A captivating scene transcending mere imagery, offering a profound exploration of time, memory, and the human experience.

Damien Hirst's Backdating Scandal
05/24/2024

Damien Hirst's Backdating Scandal

The British artist Damien Hirst has been accused of backdating some of his work, assigning to them a date earlier than their actual creation.

Bonhams Skinner European Art
05/24/2024

Bonhams Skinner European Art

On May 22nd, Bonhams Skinner hosted their European art sale, with a surprising number of lots selling dramatically over their estimates.

Gatling Gun Shoots Past Estimate
05/24/2024

Gatling Gun Shoots Past Estimate

A rare and well-preserved Gatling gun recently made the news after setting a record at auction at Morphy's.

British Museum Recovers Half Of The Higgs Theft
05/21/2024

British Museum Recovers Half Of The Higgs Theft

The British Museum is on its way to recovering nearly half of the artifacts stolen by the former curator Peter John Higgs

Our mid-May art market and gallery update. Links to our current Seaside exhibition, New, Sold & Featured works, plus sev...
05/18/2024

Our mid-May art market and gallery update. Links to our current Seaside exhibition, New, Sold & Featured works, plus several recent blog posts. Detail image: John Stobart - Windmill Harbour, Hilton Head Island, SC. https://conta.cc/4bGntyz

Our Mid May Update 20 West 55th Street, 5th Floor - New York, New York - 10019 (212) 355 - 5710 CURRENT GALLERY EXHIBITION SEASIDE On view through June 30th VIEW THE FULL EXHIBITION Historical - FEATU

Lucia Heffernan's Yoga Chicks Series: A Blend Of Humor And Heart
05/18/2024

Lucia Heffernan's Yoga Chicks Series: A Blend Of Humor And Heart

Discover Lucia Heffernan's charming Yoga Chicks series, where whimsical animal characters bring humor and heart to the serene world of yoga.

John Stobart's Artistic Legacy: Honfleur, The Lieutenance
05/17/2024

John Stobart's Artistic Legacy: Honfleur, The Lieutenance

Explore John Stobart's maritime masterpiece, Honfleur: The Lieutenance from the Inner Harbor. Discover the captivating world of maritime artistry.

Sotheby's New York Modern Evening Sale
05/16/2024

Sotheby's New York Modern Evening Sale

On May 15th, Sotheby's hosted its Modern Evening sale, featuring fifty lots including one of Monet's Haystack paintings.

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Four Generations at Rehs Galleries

The story of Rehs Galleries begins in the late 1930s with M. Edwin Schillay, a young accountant, who decided to expand his business in an unexpected way. When one of his clients, an antique dealer based in Greenwich Village, suggested that he consider the art and antiques trade as a supplement to his accounting work, Schillay gave it serious thought. With a little guidance from his client, he traveled to London to investigate the art market and soon began purchasing paintings in bulk, packing 400-500 canvases into 7 x 7 x 10 foot containers called ‘lift vans’ and shipping them back to New York. From his space at the Manhattan Storage Warehouse, Schillay sold them to a variety of department stores that then featured the paintings in their art galleries. Although galleries within department stores disappeared in the 1970s, they were a standard element in these stores from their inception in Paris and New York in the 1850s. [i]

Throughout the 1940s, Schillay maintained his art business as an adjunct to his accounting firm. The war years naturally interrupted the normal flow of the art market, but he astutely continued to expand his network of contacts in the London art world as well as in the US. He purchased primarily nineteenth century British paintings, pioneering the introduction of Victorian paintings to the American market through his bulk sales to department stores. After the war ended, Schillay gradually expanded his inventory to include artwork from other European countries.

In the mid-1950s, Schillay’s wife, Ruth, decided to take a more active role in the business, and opened a retail outlet at 303 Park Avenue South, redefining the business model to include sales to private individuals, and thus establishing the early roots of the art gallery as an independent enterprise. The scope of Schillay’s sources also expanded to include auctions and estate sales, reportedly acquiring as many as 60 paintings at one sale. [ii] During these years, the department store market was also booming. Advertisements from across the US reveal Schillay’s influence on the post-war American art market. For Stewart’s Department Store, The Baltimore Sun proclaimed: “Stewart’s presents a fabulous old collection by Great Masters and Artists from England, France, German and Italy. ... Only Stewart’s brings you this magnificent art. TOMORROW. . . MEET MR. EDWIN SCHILLAY.” [iii] And from the Detroit Free Press comes the announcement that “Specially Priced 19th Century Oil Paintings from Old English estates” will be available at Hudson’s downtown department store only, where art lovers can view “dramatic 19th century oil paintings that bespeak of charm, ease and grace with each stroke.” [iv] From New York to Dayton, Ohio, Schillay’s inventory of British paintings was a singular feature of department store galleries; he often traveled to personally assist in presenting the art work to the public, no doubt introducing many customers to fine art for the first time. [v]

The selection of paintings that Schillay made available through the department stores focused primarily on nineteenth-century British artists who had originally painted for a clientele very similar to the twentieth-century American art buyer. Although many of the artists’ names were unfamiliar, they were nonetheless often well respected painters in their own time. Edgar Bundy, for example, studied with the Belgian painter Alfred Stevens, and then went on to exhibit his historical genre canvases at the Paris Salon as well as the Royal Academy in London. Likewise, Arthur Wardle was a successful painter of animals with over 100 works shown at the Royal Academy. Schillay’s promotion of these Victorian artists laid the groundwork for a reappraisal of mainstream British painting some twenty years later.

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