The Catalogue

The year 2019 marked the launch of an ambitious, wide-ranging project to create a catalogue raisonné referencing the work of German-French painter and lithographer Leo Marchutz.

This project is the first coordinated effort to digitally record and safeguard information on the work of Leo Marchutz. Based on the artist’s inventories, journals, and personal archives, the catalogue benefits from the extensive research and active participation of the artist’s son, Antony Marschutz. Spearheaded by Ben Haggard and Denise Lemoine, this volunteer project welcomes the input and collaboration of all supporters, collectors, family members, and students of Leo Marchutz.

“Preserving the artistic legacy of Leo Marchutz is the goal of the project for an online catalogue raisonné, which we’re certain will bring heightened awareness to his life and work.

Antony Marschutz
Son of Leo Marchutz

The Saint Victoire Mountain, 1966. Tempera on paper. 60 x 120 cm.

THE PAINTINGS OF LEO MARCHUTZ

The gallery below is a small selection of both early period and large format paintings of Leo Marchutz. This sample represents less than 10% of the 355 paintings cataloged thus far.

To enlarge and see the details of a specific work, click on the image. 
To visualize each categorie, click on Large Format or Early Period Paintings.

Whys and wherefores of a catalogue raisonné

The project to create a catalogue raisonné of the work of painter and lithographer Leo Marchutz was launched in 2019. It was the first coordinated effort to research, locate, and digitally record information on the body of the artist’s work. But what exactly is a catalogue raisonné? What are its goals? How long can it take? And how can modern technologies assist in the documentation process?

What is a catalogue raisonné?

A catalogue raisonné is a methodical, descriptive compilation of all the known works of an artist, either in a particular medium or all media.

Each work is annotated with detailed information, including title and title variations, date, size, medium, history of ownership (provenance), as well as exhibition history, literary references, condition, signatures, markings, image(s), and related works…

What is the purpose of a catalogue raisonné?

– Preserve the artists’ legacy for future generations.
– Provide the most complete and precise information on each work.
– Become a reference for art historians and researchers.
– Serve as a tool for museum curators and exhibit commissioners.
– Enable art-lovers, students, and collectors to familiarize themselves with the body of the artist’s work.

An online catalogue raisonné is an organic, living document.

Unlike printed catalogs, it allows for continual and immediate updates of information. It can integrate audio, video, and interactive content,  permits the storage of unlimited amounts of data and images, and offers a multitude of search possibilities. In addition, it allows for controlled and progressive access to the catalog for research or exhibition purposes.

For all these reasons, The Marchutz Catalogue Raisonné Project opted for an online catalog assisted by panOpticon, a cloud-based information management system specifically designed for catalogue raisonné research and data preservation.

An Example: Cezanne's Catalogue Raisonné -
115 Years in the making

The complete online catalogue raisonné of Paul Cézanne went live on January 19th, 2019.  But one could say that the story of its making began more than a century earlier, in 1904. Here is a short version of a story that puts into perspective the ongoing process of a catalogue raisonné.
Read the story

Pommes et biscuits, Paul Cézanne, 1879-1880. 
(Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris)

LOST and FOUND

The Mysteries of
the Catalogue
Raisonné

CALLING ALL COLLECTORS!

Are you in possession of one of Leo Marchutz’s artworks?
If so, please contact us.

Donation and FUND-RAISING

The Leo Marchutz Catalogue Raisonné is a 100% volunteer project being undertaken by students, friends, family, and admirers of the artist Leo Marchutz. We rely solely on the involvement and enthusiasm of our supporters. Without their help, this project would  have been nearly impossible. With it, we’ve been able to make progress that seemed unimaginable three years ago. We sincerely thank our many backers from around the world.

To see the list of our supporters or to make a donation, click on the link below.

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