Page from a “catalogue raisonné” of shells and other curiosities of nature, published in 1736 by M. Gersaint, a Parisian art dealer. Connoisseurs were encouraged to see these curious objects for themselves at Gersaint’s gallery on the Pont Nôtre-Dame. Images courtesy of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.

What is a Catalogue Raisonné and Why is it Useful?

Catalogue Raisonné Defined A “catalogue raisonné” is a compendium of an artist’s complete works or a defined subset of works, sometimes with additional information or commentary included in the publication. Some publications list each work with a title and a basic description of its physical properties, such as medium and dimensions. Other publications contain provenance,

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