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The Klinkhoffs specialize in classic Canadian works of art. Vetted using three generations of expertise, these works of art have been judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality, outstanding in their class, and of recognized and enduring value.

  • 1949

    Walter and Gertrude Klinkhoff arrive to live in Montreal, Canada

    While working as an engineer at Canadian Liquid Air, Walter Klinkhoff begins selling art from the second floor of their duplex on Van Horne Avenue in Montreal.

  • 1957

    Walter Klinkhoff first opens a storefront art gallery on Union Avenue in Montreal.

    Walter and Gertrude Klinkhoff establish an art gallery on Union Avenue, between Sherbrooke Street and de Maisonneuve Blvd. in Montreal.

  • 1964

    The Estate of Clarence Gagnon

    Walter Klinkhoff works with Clarence Gagnon's widow, Lucile Rodier, to handle the estate of the artist.

     

     

     

     

  • 1964

    Nora Collyer Retrospective Exhibition

    From April 20 to May 2, 1964 at Walter Klinkhoff Gallery.
    It is the first exhibition of one of the Beaver Hall women artists, an exhibition for which Nora Collyer wrote to Walter Klinkhoff: “This is just to thank you for having the exhibition of my paintings, and to acknowledge the cheque for $683…”

     

     

  • 1965

    Walter Klinkhoff plans A.Y. Jackson’s painting trip to the Canadian Arctic

    At Dr. Jackson’s request, Walter Klinkhoff offers to intervene on Jackson’s behalf to Col. Pat Baird, a friend and McGill University geographer, with a particular interest in the Arctic, to permit Jackson to accompany Baird on a planned trip to Baffin Island. (Walter Klinkhoff subsequently wrote: “This proved easier to accomplish than I had anticipated”).

  • 1965

    Alan Klinkhoff, age twelve, visits A.Y. Jackson in Ottawa

    While on a school trip, Alan Klinkhoff visits the studio of A.Y. Jackson. After a lengthy tour of his home and studio, Dr. Jackson accepts Alan’s $450 from the gallery and gives Alan three of his paintings, which Alan brings back to the gallery on the school bus.

  • 1966

    A.Y. Jackson Exhibition at Walter Klinkhoff Gallery

    "During a 1966 exhibition of his works, A.Y. Jackson [...] stood next to one of his paintings surrounded by an adoring crowd, [when] Arthur Lismer [...] came in. A tall man, famous for his sense of humour, he crouched behind the crowd and, disguising his British accent with a southern drawl, exclaimed, ”Gee, I love that frame!” Incensed, Jackson whirled around to dress this person down, only to see Lismer pop up with a mischievous grin."

    - "Klinkhoff Gallery’s annual non-sale show pays tribute to Canadian Master" by Dorota Kozinska, Montreal Gazette.

  • 1966

    Galerie Walter Klinkhoff is a founding member of the Art Dealer's Association of Canada

    Galerie Walter Klinkhoff becomes a founding member of the Professional Art Dealers Association of Canada Inc. (Now the Art Dealer’s Association of Canada).

  • 1966

    In gratitude of Walter Klinkhoff, A.Y. Jackson sells Baffin Island sketches at modest price

    Dr. A.Y. Jackson, in recognition of Walter Klinkhoff’s intervention on his behalf with Col. Baird, expresses his gratitude by showing the works he executed in Baffin Island and in the studio as a result of the trip at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff. Dr. Jackson also paints ten small canvases inspired by the Baffin Island sketches, which he allows Walter Klinkhoff to purchase at the modest price of $300 each.

  • 1970

    Alan Klinkhoff has first purchasing experience overseas

    Walter Klinkhoff sends Alan to London, England to attempt to purchase an important painting for client and friend, Fraser Elliott, at auction.

  • 1972

    “It’s lucky 13th as buyer gets lost Krieghoff”

    The Toronto Star publishes the article “It’s lucky 13th as buyer gets lost Krieghoff,” a rare opportunity purchased by Walter Klinkhoff for $27,000.

  • 1972–1974

    Art dealer in the making

    Alan works at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff during summer school holidays.

  • 1974

    Maurice Cullen Retrospective Exhibition at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Maurice Cullen at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1974

    Record breaking purchase by Walter Klinkhoff

    The Montreal Star writes about the record breaking purchase of two Lawren Harris paintings made by Walter Klinkhoff for a total of $75,000.

     

  • 1974–1975

    Studying abroad

    From August 1974 to August 1975 Alan Klinkhoff lives in Paris, studying French and art.

  • 1975

    Alan Klinkhoff formally joins Galerie Walter Klinkhoff

    Alan Klinkhoff formally joins his father’s business, apprenticing under Walter Klinkhoff, working alongside Eric and Gertrude.

  • 1975

    Clarence Gagnon Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Clarence Gagnon at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1975–1983

    Alan Klinkhoff with his brother Eric Klinkhoff establish Services D'Art Klinkhoff Enrg.

    Their business is to evaluate works of fine art, in addition to restoration, cleaning and framing of fine paintings.

  • 1976

    Kathleen Morris Retrospective Exhibition

    An event that the artist herself attended. “Kathleen Morris: Portrait of the artist as an expression of joy” is written by Wini Rider, The Gazette.

  • 1977

    Walter Klinkhoff recounts his beginnings in art

    A Montreal Gazette article from 1977 entitled, “Art Market “Very Brisk” Says One Time Engineer,” written by Virginia Nixon, recounts Walter Klinkhoff’s own beginnings in art, his projections for the future as well as his own personal taste in art.

  • 1977

    Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1978

    Sam Borenstein Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Sam Borenstein at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1979

    Marc-Aurèle Fortin Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Marc-Aurèle Fortin at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1979

    Meeting a master

    Alan Klinkhoff is invited to visit Jean-Paul Lemieux and his wife at their home in L'Isle-aux-Coudres, one of many trips to meet the master.

  • 1979

    Galerie Walter Klinkhoff listed as a top tier gallery

    Galerie Walter Klinkhoff is listed as one of the top galleries to buy art in The Gazette’s article, “Gallery Guide to the Best Art of the Season.” Other galleries include Dominion Gallery and Waddington Gallery.

  • 1980

    Prudence Heward Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition celebrating the works of art of Beaver Hall Group member, Prudence Heward, is shown at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1981

    Galerie Walter Klinkhoff is incorporated

    Alternating between Eric and Alan they are named President or Chairman of newly incorporated GALERIE WALTER KLINKHOFF CANADA INC.

  • 1982

    Pegi Nicol MacLeod Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by painter, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1983

    Goodridge Roberts Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Goodridge Roberts at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1984

    Adrien Hebert Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by painter, Adrien Hébert, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1985

    René Richard Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by painter and outdoorsman, René Richard, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1986

    Alan Klinkhoff makes front page

    The Montreal Gazette publishes an interview with Alan Klinkhoff on the front page of their Personal Finance Section about investing in art “Canadian Paintings: Buy for Love not Profit” by Matthew Elder.

  • 1986

    Sale of Dobrin Collection of Canadian Art

    The Klinkhoffs organize the sale of the Dobrin Collection of Canadian Art at the Queen Elizabeth Hotelone among many of the fine collections that the Klinkhoffs have sold.

  • 1986

    F. S. Coburn Retrospective Exhibition

     “Painter’s work evokes feelings of yesteryear” is written by Lawrence Sabbath for the  Montreal Gazette. 

  • 1987

    Ethel Seath Retrospective Exhibition

    Two newspaper articles by Ann Duncan and one book are published about the exhibition, that is held at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff:
    "Klinkhoff exhibition honors overlooked Montreal artist." Montreal Gazette, Sept. 23, 1987.

    "Works by Ethel Seath, Study Old Girls on view until Saturday at Klinkhoff." Westmount Examiner, Sept. 24, 1987.  -Little, Roger. Ethel Seath: A Retrospective Exhibition. Montreal: Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, 1987.

  • 1988

    Robert Pilot Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Canadian painter, Robert Pilot, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1988–1989

    University Club of Montreal

    Alan Klinkhoff serves as a member of the Council of the University Club of Montreal

  • 1988–1997

    Expert Evaluator

    Alan Klinkhoff is contracted part time by the Federal Minister of Justice in the capacity, “expert evaluator,” of works of art.

  • 1989

    Mabel Lockerby Retrospective Exhibition

     An exhibition of fine works of art by Mabel Loverby is held at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff. "Work of forgotten artist resurfaces in exhibition" is written by Ann Duncan, The Gazette.

  • 1989

    Landscape with family: Art is a tradition for the Klinkhoffs

    The Montreal Gazette interviews Walter Klinkhoff for the article, "Landscape with family: Art is a tradition for the Klinkhoffs" by Lawrence Sabbath.

  • 1990

    A.Y. Jackson Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Group of Seven member, A.Y. Jackson at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1990

    Alan Klinkhoff represents ADAC to the Canadian Senate

    Alan Klinkhoff represents the Professional Art Dealers Association of Canada in the Canadian Senate to the Senate Permanent Committee on Banking and Commerce in the debate on GST Bill C-62 (Volume 34, Part 2, Issues 65-73).

     

     

     

  • 1991

    Sarah Robertson Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine art by Canadian painter, Sarah Robertson, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

    "Klinkhoff honours overlooked painter" is written by Ann Duncan, Montreal Gazette.

  • 1992

    Anne Savage Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine art by Beaver Hall Group member, Anne Savage, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.
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    Retrospective designed to attract people unlikely to visit an art gallery" is written by Ann Duncan, Montreal Gazette.

  • 1993

    Georges Delfosse Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Georges Delfosse is held at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.
    "Teaching takes precedence over selling at Klinkhoff show" is written by Ann Duncan, Montreal Gazette.

  • 1993

    Reminiscence of an Art Dealer is published

    Walter Klinkhoff publishes his book, Reminiscence of an Art Dealer, recounting his experiences from over four decades as one of Canada's foremost fine art dealers.

  • 1994

    Albert H. Robinson Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Albert H. Robinson is held at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff. "Here’s to you Mr. Robinson," is written by Ann Duncan, Montreal Gazette.

  • 1994

    Klinkhoff: The Art of the Dealer

    The Montreal Gazette writes an appreciation of the gallery and its non-selling retrospective exhibitions in an article entitled, "Klinkhoff: The Art of the Dealer. The Walter Klinkhoff Gallery will never sell you a 'piece of rubbish.'" written by Alan D. Gray.

  • 1995

    Lilias Torrance Newton Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Beaver Hall Group member, Lilias Torrance Newton.
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    Lilias Newton: Portrait of the artist," is written by Ann Duncan, Montreal Gazette.

  • 1996

    William Raphael Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by painter, William Raphael held at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff. "A Raphael revival," is written by Ann Duncan, Montreal Gazette.

  • 1996–2009

    Member of the Acquisition Committee

    Alan Klinkhoff serves as Member of the Acquisition Committee of  “Art Ancien” at the Musée nationale des Beaux arts du Québec.

  • 1997

    Arthur Lismer Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Group of Seven member, Arthur Lismer, is held at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1997

    Walter Klinkhoff passes away

    Walter H. Klinkhoff (1919 - 1997) passes away.

  • 1997

    Walter Klinkhoff, a dealer who shaped Canadian art collections

    The Suburban publishes an article in memory of Walter Klinkhoff entitled, "Walter Klinkhoff, a dealer who shaped Canadian art collections," written by Bernard Mendelman.
    The
    Montreal Gazette publishes, "Walter Klinkhoff’s contribution will live on," by Henry Lehmann.

  • 1998

    Homage to Walter Klinkhoff

    The gallery exhibits, Homage to Walter Klinkhoff, a retrospective show of fine Canadian paintings. The Montreal Gazette publishes, "Klinkhoff’s Legacy: A gallery founder’s sons pay homage to his memory, offering a rare, impressive look at Montreal’s past," written by Dorota Kozinska and The Suburban publishes, "Remembering Walter Klinkhoff" by Bernard Mendelman.

  • 1998

    Jonathan Klinkhoff begins apprenticing at Walter Klinkhoff Gallery

     Jonathan Klinkhoff joins his grandmother, Gertrude, his father, Alan, and his uncle, Eric, to begin apprenticing at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 1999

    Beaver Hall Group Show, a Retrospective

    A Beaver Hall Group Retrospective Exhibition is shown at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 2000

    Maurice Cullen Retrospective Exhibition

     Maurice Cullen Retrospective for which the Montreal Gazette article “Look closely – Cullen was a visionary” by Henry Lehmann was written as well as the review, “Klinkhoff Gallery takes a fresh look at Maurice Cullen” by Bernard Mendelman for ARTSEEN.

  • 2001

    David Milne Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Canadian painter, David Milne, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff. "A Chance to see one of the best" is written by Henry Lehmann, Montreal Gazette.

  • 2002

    Emily Carr Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by west coast Canadian painter, Emily Carr, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 2003

    Craig Klinkhoff joins his father’s business part-time

    Craig joins while in school and begins apprenticing under his father at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 2003

    Kathleen Morris Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by painter, Kathleen Morris, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 2004

    Philip Surrey Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Canadian painter, Philip Surrey, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff. "Mixing calm and menace" is written by Henry Lehmann, Montreal Gazette.

  • 2004

    Walter Klinkhoff honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

    Walter Klinkhoff is honoured posthumously with The Art Dealers Association of Canada's Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • 2005

    John Young Johnstone Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by John Young Johnstone at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 2006

    The Beaver Hall Group Retrospective Exhibition

    The Beaver Hall Group Retrospective Exhibition at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 2006

    Marc-Aurèle Fortin Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by painter, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

  • 2007

    Franklin Brownell Retrospective Exhibition at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff

    Alan welcomes the Women’s Arts Society to the Gallery on the Franklin Brownell Retrospective Exhibition.

  • 2008

    Canadian Masterpieces Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of select masterpieces, each representative of a style or movement in the history and evolution of Canadian art.

  • 2009

    Paul Vanier Beaulieu Retrospective Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine works of art by Paul Vanier Beaulieu at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.

     

  • 2009

    45 Years with the Beaver Hall Women

    "Klinkhoff Remembers 45 Years with the Beaver Hall Women," a blog post by Jonathan Klinkhoff, is written and published.

  • 2010

    John Fox Retrospective Exhibition

    Chair of Concordia University’s Painting Department, Montreal artist John Fox, RCA, (1927-2008) is honoured with retrospective at at Walter Klinkhoff Gallery. Tourisme Montreal publishes an online article promoting the exhibition. 

     

  • 2010

    Globe and Mail interviews Alan Klinkhoff on Controversial Auction Ink-Stamps

  • 2010

    CBC News Interviews Alan Klinkhoff on Art Auctions

     

  • 2012

    Jonathan Klinkhoff in Canadian Art World

    A featured article on Jonathan Klinkhoff in, Amazing Men in the Canadian Art World, is published by theartmarket.ca.

  • 2014

    Galerie Alan Klinkhoff Opens at 1448 Sherbrooke Street West in Montreal

    Galerie Walter Klinkhoff is dissolved. With his sons, Craig and Jonathan, and wife, Helen, Alan Klinkhoff opens Galerie Alan Klinkhoff, located at 1448 Sherbrooke Street West on Montreal’s Gallery Row.

  • 2014

    Alan Klinkhoff’s sale of “important” Morrice canvas tops current public record.

    James Wilson Morrice, R.C.A. (1865-1924)
    The Terrace, Quebec , 1910-1911
    Oil on canvas, size 23 ⅞ x 29 in
     
  • 2014

    Galerie Alan Klinkhoff Participates in Colloquium at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

    Galerie Alan Klinkhoff participates in the Journal of Canadian Art History’s Colloquium: "Frame and Framing in Canada: Functions and History" (23-24 October 2014) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

     

    "Designed by the artist or commissioned by the art dealer or collector, the frame protects the surface of the work, provides an aesthetic complement and serves as a transitional border with its environment. A chapter in the history of art, decorative arts and changing tastes, the history of framing reflects social trends." - Colloquium program

  • 2014

    Opening of the Toronto office

    Alan Klinkhoff Gallery opens an office in Toronto headed by Alan’s son and third generation gallerist, Jonathan Klinkhoff.

  • 2015

    Alan Klinkhoff Gallery Toronto

    Alan Klinkhoff Gallery opens a second storefront gallery at 113 Yorkville Avenue in Toronto.

  • 2015

    Beaver Hall Group exhibition presented in tandem with Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

    Galerie Alan Klinkhoff presents its third Beaver Hall Group exhibition in tandem with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’s first. The Klinkhoff’s influence is recognized in the article, "Beaver Hall Group's canvases speak in Picturesque's dramatic shorts," written by Susan Schwartz, Montreal Gazette. Schwartz writes, museum-quality exhibitions... spearheaded a resurgence of interest in these woman artists.”

  • 2016

    Fine Art & Hockey: A Point of View

    Alan Klinkhoff Gallery presents: Fine Art & Hockey: A Point of View, a unique retrospective exhibition.

  • 2016

    First annual Lower Canada College student exhibition

    An exhibition of student artwork created by the graduating class of Montreal's Lower Canada College held at Galerie Alan Klinkhoff.

  • 2016

    Galerie Alan Klinkhoff presents “Artists in the City, Montreal”

  • 2016

    Sandra Paikowsky delivers a lecture on James Wilson Morrice

    Sandra Paikowsky delivers a lecture on James Wilson Morrice in Venice at Alan Klinkhoff Gallery Toronto.

  • 2017

    A sale of utmost importance

    Galerie Alan Klinkhoff announces the most valuable Canadian art sale in history.

  • 2017

    Charlie Hill introduces Lawren Harris at Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Toronto

    Charlie Hill introduces landmark sale of Lawren Harris during a private lecture at Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Toronto.

  • 2017

    Lawren Harris & Canadian Masters Sale

    Lawren Harris & Canadian Masters Sale is on display from April 1-15 in Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Toronto.

  • 2017

    Second annual Lower Canada College student exhibition

    The Lower Canada College graduating student's arts class exhibition is held in Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal from April 20-22.

     

     

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