Galerie Bartsch & Chariau has been described in the international press as the “Mecca of graphic art”.
Founded in 1980, the gallery focused originally on classic cartoons of the last three centuries, exhibiting 18th century
British artists, their 19th century French counterparts, German artists of Simplicissimus, veteran cartoonists of
The New Yorker, and many more. It has represented Jean-Jacques Sempé for the last 35 years, as well as other internationally renowned artists.
In 1982, founder and owner Joëlle Chariau rediscovered René Gruau. Twentieth-century fashion drawing was then
totally neglected, enabling her to procure the work of the best artists in the field that she represents, sometimes exclusively. Her collection of iconic fashion drawings has been exhibited at the London Design Museum and
the Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe in Hamburg. The gallery remains the best source for original works of the foremost fashion artists.