The Thannhauser Gallery was one of the most important art galleries in Germany in the decades before the Second World War. From 1905 onwards, Heinrich Thannhauser, and later his son Justin Thannhauser in collaboration with his cousin Siegfried Rosengart, built an impressive international network of dealers and collectors, establishing a reputation as dedicated promoters of modern art.

This publication focuses on the crucial role of the gallery, and later of Justin Thannhauser as a private dealer, in the publicizing and distribution of works by Vincent van Gogh. From pre-war Germany to early 1960s New York, the gallery acquired and sold a significant part of Van Gogh’s oeuvre: more than 100 works, including many masterpieces now in museum collections around the world.

This book provides a wealth of insights into how the Thannhausers cultivated and shaped an early clientele for the artist’s works. Many new details on the provenance of individual pieces are presented here, alongside in-depth studies on the mechanisms of the gallery and the ‘marketing of Van Gogh’ in an ever-globalizing art world.

Edited by Stefan Koldehoff & Chris Stolwijk. With contributions by Megan M. Fontanella & Günter Herzog and a catalogue raisonné by Monique Hageman & Nora Koldehoff