The Galerie Berès, facing the south west wing of the Louvre which stands across the river, was founded by Huguette Berès in 1951 and is now run by Anisabelle Berès, her daughter. Its twin focus has been, from Day One, on the graphic arts from the Far East and the avant-garde movements in 19th century France.
Major monographic shows of Japanese print making staged over the years include Utamaro, which travelled from Paris to London in 1980. The catalogue is widely held to be the reference book on the subject. Other exhibitions focused on Hiroshige, Hokusai and Sharaku. The latter, a historical event, included half of Sharaku’s known oeuvre and was internationally acclaimed. The Galerie Berès introduced the art of Ukiyo-e to a whole generation of West European and North American art lovers.
The gallery’s other major venue covers avant-garde trends in 19th century France, from the Barbizon school with such luminaries as Corot, Harpignies and Jongkind, which ushered in Impressionism to Post-Impressionist movements.
Exhibitions at the Galerie Berès featured Goya, Manet, Marquet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Maurice Denis and Vuillard. Its 1990 theme show, "Au temps des Nabis," which was reviewed by Souren Melikian in the International Herald Tribune won international acclaim. It laid the ground work for the current Grand Palais "Nabi Retrospective" where many of the works exhibited by the Galerie Berès were present.
The Galerie Berès participates in prestigious arts fairs around the world : the Paris Biennale, the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, the Asian Fine Art Fair and the International Fine Art Fair, both in New York, and the TIAF in Tokyo.