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Les marchands de couleurs, de l’épicerie à la galerie d’art. Itinéraires urbains d’un commerce « indécis » (Paris, Tours, XIXe siècle)

Abstract : If one had to make their commercial family tree, colourmen would probably be situated between grocers (a corporation from which they derived during the 18th century) and art dealers (a group which they - in part - created in the second half of the 19th century). Colourmen constitute a heterogeneous and rarely studied population, despite the fact that, for at least a century and a half, they remained at the center of the space of artistic production. Their trade is urban in essence, but not only Parisian: one can sell colors and "articles of painting" as soon as there are enough painters in one place to provide to this merchant a stable clientele. Yet, few colourmen have only artists for customers. Moreover, as they traditionally belong to both "pure craftsmanship" (in that they manufacture what they sell) and "pure trade" (in that they also store and sell objects made by others), colourmen are fully within this blurred category of the "boutique indecise" which was used by jurists in the 18th century.
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Séverine Sofio. Les marchands de couleurs, de l’épicerie à la galerie d’art. Itinéraires urbains d’un commerce « indécis » (Paris, Tours, XIXe siècle). 2018. ⟨halshs-01812801⟩

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