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Founded in 1939 by Otto Kallir (1894-1978), the Galerie St. Etienne is the oldest gallery in the United States specializing in Austrian and German Expressionism. We mounted the first American one-person shows of such artists as Erich Heckel (1955), Gustav Klimt (1959), Oskar Kokoschka (1940), Alfred Kubin (1941), Paula Modersohn-Becker (1958) and Egon Schiele (1941). St. Etienne was also instrumental in arranging the first American museum acquisitions of works by these artists, through sales and donations. Firmly committed to scholarship, the gallery’s directors have authored catalogues raisonnés on Richard Gerstl, Grandma Moses and Egon Schiele. Following Otto Kallir’s death in 1978, his granddaughter, Jane Kallir, and his longtime business partner, Hildegard Bachert (1921-2019), became the gallery’s co-directors. 
Bachert was a world-renowned expert on Käthe Kollwitz, while Jane Kallir has written over 20 books and is the leading authority on Schiele.

The Galerie St. Etienne developed a commitment to the work of self-taught American and European artists after “discovering” Grandma Moses, who had her first one-person show here in 1940. The gallery has represented Moses ever since. We have also worked with the estates of Ilija Bosilj (Basicevic), Henry Darger, Morris Hirshfield and John Kane, as well as the artists of Gugging, Austria. While our focus is on self-taught artists of the early 20th century, Jane Kallir has written extensively about contemporary “Outsider” art and Art Brut.

In 2017, Hildegard Bachert and Jane Kallir established the Kallir Research Institute (KRI) to continue the scholarly tradition established by Otto Kallir. In 2021, the Galerie St. Etienne closed it exhibition space and became an art advisory. The gallery’s library, archives and educational activities were taken over by the KRI.
Artists Represented:
Ernst Barlach
Ilija Bosilj Basicevic
Leonard Baskin
Max Beckmann
Sue Coe
Lovis Corinth
Henry Darger
Otto Dix
Lyonel Feininger
George Grosz
Erich Heckel
Morris Hirshfield
John Kane
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Gustav Klimt
Oskar Kokoschka
Käthe Kollwitz
Paula Modersohn-Becker
Grandma Moses
Marie-Louise Motesiczky
Otto Mueller
Emil Nolde
Hermann Max Pechstein
Egon Schiele
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff


Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne.

Online Programming

"Youth Style": Austrian and German Posters from the Merrill C. Berman Collection

Featuring more than 45 posters for subjects ranging from contemporary art exhibitions and cabaret performances to car shows, shoes, cigarettes and more, “Youth Style” focuses on Austrian and German posters between roughly 1895 and 1918. The show, which was to have opened at the gallery on March 18, will be available for viewing in person as soon as we are able to open our doors.

Past Exhibitions

Sue Coe

Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here

September 15, 2020 - December 30, 2020
For decades, British-American artist Sue Coe has dedicated herself to shedding light on injustice, calling attention to a wide range of political, socioeconomic, animal and environmental cruelties. Since the 2016 presidential election, the self-described artist-activist has relentlessly questioned the Trump administration’s abundant threats to democracy, public health and freedom in the United States. On view beginning Tuesday, September 15 with a dedicated companion website, Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here, features paintings, drawings, lithographs, woodcuts and linocuts spanning Coe’s prolific career. While sometimes tough to look at, Coe’s work compels viewers to feel compassion for the world’s many unseen victims and to enact change in our broken capitalistic system. The exhibition continues at the gallery through December 30.

"Youth Style:" Austrian and German Posters from the Merrill C. Berman Collection

March 18, 2020 - May 22, 2020
Including works by Ferdinand Andri, Peter Behrens, Lucian Bernhard, Edmund Edel, Hans Rudi Erdt, Thomas Theodor Heine, Ludwig Hohlwein, Gustav Klimt, Julius Klinger, Josef Maria Olbrich, Bruno Paul, Alfred Roller, Egon Schiele and others

The Expressionist Legacy

October 22, 2019 - February 29, 2020
The Third in a Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Galerie St. Etienne. Featuring works by Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Richard Gerstl, Gustav Klimt, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Marie-Louise Motesiczky and Egon Schiele

The Art Dealer as Scholar

July 16, 2019 - October 11, 2019

Looking For America

March 19, 2019 - July 3, 2019

Egon Schiele

In Search of the Perfect Line

November 1, 2018 - March 2, 2019

The Future of Art: 2018 Art Market Report

July 17, 2018 - October 19, 2018