Slide A British writer, businessman and art collector Businessman, author composer, dramatist, art expert and art collector GEORGE R. WHYTE

George Whyte was a British writer, businessman and art collector.

Businessman, author, composer, dramatist, art expert and art collector, George
Whyte Grew up in Budapest in the early 1930s and then moved to the UK with his family. He always had a keen interest in the arts. When he was young, he wanted to be a composer but his father told him that he had to make a living. Therefore, he started a company that was then taken up by Maples furniture store and George Whyte ended up being chairman of Maples International. The store had a substantial art export section (he sold furniture as well as all decoration, a sort of all-inclusive interior design) and together with his wife Sally he got more involved in cultural events. George looked for artists whose works he could sell in his shops.

George R. Whyte’s works have been published by (inter alia) Palgrave Macmillan (UK and US), Inter Nationes, Artial and Coda Editions; distributed by Boosey & Hawkes Bote and Bock Berlin; his stage works have been premiered by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper der Stadt Bonn, Theater Basel, New York City Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, National Theatre Prague and broadcast on numerous TV channels and radio networks, including WDR, Channel 4, CBS, France Culture, BBC, Sweden STV1, Slovenia RTV, SLO, Finland YLE and Hungary MTV

In 1973 he sold Maples but kept a high interest in art, especially in French artists. For that reason, he did not sell his collection of French paintings and decided to start promoting “his” artists. He stored the collection in Geneva and hired people to inventory the art, collect archives and write about the painters. But at the time it took long to contact museums, get in touch with art libraries and was exceptionally time and money consuming. He initiated two or three projects of exhibitions but was then also involved in important writing projects (Dreyfus aair) and let the collection sit quiet.

It was then in 2011 that he had the opportunity to start again on his art collection with new technologies and facilities. He then went on to set up an exhibition at the Flemings Gallery in London and published a book with Skira on the collection that was viewed at Flemings. He always believed that his artists had lots of merit and potential and he enjoyed their approach to nature and the fact that they painted directly from nature too.