Galerie Meyer - Oceanic & Eskimo Art
The original gallery was opened by my father, Oscar Meyer, on rue du Sabot just a few streets away on the other side of Saint Germain-des-Prés in 1946/1947. Later in the early 1950's he moved to the United States, met and married my mother, Rita Alix Meyer. They settled in Los Angeles and opened up a very large gallery at 847 North La Cienega Bd. They closed in 1971 and moved to Paris where they took an early retirement from the active world of dealing in art and devoted themselves to collecting. After my father's death in 1979, Rita Alix Meyer opened a small shop in the Louvre des Antiquaires. I joined her there in late 1980 after six years in the French military and became a dealer. Over the next five years I discovered that while I enjoyed all forms and periods of art there was one area, which I found to be compelling, and so I delved into Tribal Art and more specifically Oceanic Art. We opened the present gallery in 1985/1986 at 17 Rue des Beaux Arts. In 1986 I finally decided to devote myself to Oceanic Art and since then I have dealt exclusively in the fine and early art works of the Pacific cultures : Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Australia. In 2010 I added a new department to the gallery specializing in early Eskimo Art from the Arctic Circle.