Frits Lugt. Collection, 1918, 1922.
Biographical / Historical Note
Art collector, cataloger and connoisseur of Netherlandish drawings and prints, Lugt
was a precocious author and artist who became a partner with the Frederik Muller
auction house in Amsterdam in 1901 at the tender age of 17. Author of a biography on
Rembrandt, the four volume Répertoire des Catalogues de Ventes
Publiques (published in 1938, 1953, 1964, and 1987), Lugt also published
what is considered one of the most important collector’s guides to marks and stamps,
Les Marques de Collections de Dessins et
d’Estampes . He would then go on to compile the inventory of all Dutch and
Flemish drawings in the Louvre. After fleeing his country during World War II, Lugt
went to America, where he taught at Oberlin College.