- Isabelle Monod-Fontaine
(b Paris, 1897; d 1964).
French art dealer. He became interested in modern art through a collector friend, Dr Tzanck, who knew Jules Pascin and André Derain, while working for his father’s lace business just after World War I. In 1924 he opened the Galerie Pierre at 13, Rue Bonaparte in Paris, near Derain’s home, and featured Pascin’s work in the first exhibition. In 1926 Loeb moved his gallery to 2, Rue Bonaparte, in the same year meeting Picasso, who became a close friend and whose work he showed in 1929. Loeb also became a staunch supporter of Surrealist painting, the subject of his gallery’s most memorable exhibition (1925), which marked the group’s first public appearance, bringing together Arp, De Chirico, Ernst, Klee, Masson, Miró, Man Ray and Picasso; he was particularly devoted to the work of Miró, which he featured in 11 one-man exhibitions from 1927 to 1939.
The Galerie Pierre remained associated above all with Surrealism and related trends; in ...