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Malcolm Gee

(b 1873; d 1956).

French collector and industrialist. He was a regular client of the dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler from 1908 to 1914 and the first French collector to buy Cubist paintings by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Both independent and open in his taste, he came from a comfortable bourgeois background and was administrator of a large cement company in Boulogne but did not dispose of a large fortune. In 1907, when he began to collect art seriously, the work of Paul Cézanne was already too expensive for him, but he could afford that of artists influenced by him. Although he continued to admire Picasso after World War I, he could not then afford to buy his work, and the only Cubist-related paintings he acquired after the war were by Fernand Léger. Unlike some other admirers of Cubism, Dutilleul was attracted by expressive, apparently spontaneous styles of painting. He never bought a work by Juan Gris, despite Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler’s advocacy, and he criticized Henri Matisse as too contrived....