Frits Lugt. Collection, 1918, 1922.
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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.