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Alfred and Isabel Bader

Alfred Bader is among the great connoisseurs of Fine Paintings living today. Since 1951, he has been at the helm of Alfred Bader Fine Arts, located in the Astor Hotel on the East side of Milwaukee. There, he has actively participated in the international art business, helping to shape both important private and public collections.

Specializing in the 17th century Dutch works, the Baders have amassed a widely respected collection that includes three autograph paintings by Rembrandt Harmenz van Rijn (Leiden 1606-Amsterdam 1663), and many of the students painting by his side and in the Master's style. Together, they are known now as the Rembrandt School of Painters (Gemalde der Rembrandt Schuler).

Over the last 25 years he and his wife, Isabel, have donated to his alma mater, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, three Rembrandts and many more works of his students numbering over 200 and still growing. Equally impressive is the recently opened beautiful, world class and state of the art Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Baders' philanthropy is centered around education, supporting students in the Fine and Performing Arts, as well as Chemistry (Bader founded Aldrich Chemical Company, now Sigma Aldrich, the third largest supplier of chemical compounds in the world). They founded the Milwaukee Art Museum's Bader Chair of European Art, currently held by Tanya Paul.

Two must read books authored by Alfred Bader are here available for purchase at discount pricing.


The Exhibition

The paintings exhibited here are part of the inventory of Alfred Bader Fine Arts. Throughout his career, Bader put to use his honed "Detective's Eye", searching for "sleepers": paintings mis-attributed or unattributed or unsigned. Some of the paintings have been reunited with their pedigree, some soon will be compliments of our information age, coupled with fantastic leaps in technological tools. One of my first lessons was “be patient-information will come".

I offer this exhibition with gratitude for Alfred and Isabel Bader, whose two decades of encouragement and stewardship helps shape the way I enter this wondrous world of art each day. In addition, my many thanks go to Ann Zuehlke, the Baders' very capable long-time Gallery Manager without whom this exhibition would not have been possible.

The paintings are available for purchase. Prices will be given upon serious inquiry.