A vast number of Daumier collections is held privately as well as in museums and institutions. Naturally (and unfortunately), it will never be possible to trace the whereabouts of certain important collections. But we sincerely hope that this website will make it possible to find more and more collectors willing to share their knowledge. The present list thus represents only a small survey of the numerous Daumier collections. We are grateful for any information about collections that have not been mentioned in this list.
We tried to facilitate the access by supplying two files: one is listing the collections by name, the other one by location. For example, if you search in the “locations” file under “Washington” you will find the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC with a remark about the “Rosenwald“ collection. Searching in the “collections” file under “Rosenwald Collection” you will find out that it is located at the NGA in Washington. This system enables you to investigate the whereabouts of certain collections when only the collector’s name is known.
We are sure that this list is far from complete. Some collections, like the famous Dreyfus collection, have been auctioned off to various new owners and is now distributed all over the world. Other collections, like Cognacq, had been liquidated and a large part of it ended up in the Graphik Kabinett in Stuttgart, Germany. Many collections had been donated to institutions and are available to the public and to researchers on request. Because of the sheer number of prints available in the museums, cataloguing to latest standards has sometimes been difficult. Some institutions however, like Brandeis University, are undergoing a major, laudable effort to catalogue the famous Trustman collection and publish it on the internet.
All those institutions who participated in our project have been and will still be mentioned in this list. Some of them have thousands of Daumier lithographs in their collection, some only very few.
Most museums have a hidden treasure of Daumier prints. Consider checking with the curator of your local museum to find out about their Daumier collection. You would probably be surprised about your findings.
Click HERE to view the list of collections and marks.