Gunter Sachs did not simply shoot fashion and celebrities

He was also a pioneering collector with passion and skill

The Love of Modern Art

Take part in the moments of delight, in the silent admiration for the charming playboy Gunther Sachs, the educated collector and patron of the arts and the subtle cosmopolitan. The pictures in this photo-essay give an exclusive insight into the life of the art icon.

His philosophy was to buy paintings for his own home, and to focus on the highest quality available.

Gunther Sachs
Gunther Sachs 1963 © Bock-Schroeder Foundation

In 1963 Peter Bock-Schroeder photographed Gunther Sachs in his Paris apartment. A home story for the German magazine, Quick. The young collector already had an impressive art collection.

Gunther Sachs with -Bust of a woman- by Pablo Picasso
Gunther Sachs with "Bust of a woman" by Pablo Picasso

Which artists did Gunther Sachs collect

His extensive collection included works by Picasso, Jean Fautrier, Andy Warhol, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann, Mel Ramos, and Allen Jones. He also owned important pieces from the Nouveau réalisme school including Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Arman, and Martial Raysse.

Gunther Sachs
Gunther Sachs 1963 © Bock-Schroeder Foundation

What lifestyle did Gunther Sachs lead

He embodied the gentleman playboy like few, but he was more than that. His life was a work of art. He developed his passion for collecting modern art at a time when only a very limited minority in Germany was interested in it.

He had a great sense of creativity for life, combined with a joy of life and the gift of living it. Gunther Sachs was a playboy, businessman, gallerist, museum director, art collector, film-maker, celebrity, photographer, astrologer, director and sportsman.

Gunther Sachs
Gunther Sachs 1963 © Bock-Schroeder Foundation

Gunter Sachs was an art collector, patron, gallery owner, curator, friend of art and artists. Since the 1950s he began to furnish his luxurious Parisian apartment with works of art.

He led a life with art, which was reflected in his commitment as a gallery owner, museum director and patron. In 1972, Sachs became an enthusiastic Pop Art collector and established a gallery in Hamburg.

Gunther Sachs
Gunther Sachs 1963 © Bock-Schroeder Foundation

For over half a century, Gunter Sachs was not only one of the most dazzling, but also one of the most misjudged public figures. As much as his extroverted lifestyle stamped him as a playboy, the person behind this public image was profound and cultivated.

The fact is that Sachs was actually much more a lover of the fine arts than of beautiful women. Aperfectionist, a a patron, a a collector, a lateral thinker between his collection and his own work.

A fascinating personality, of course also thanks to his financial means, an experimenter of the first order who creates revolutionary things

Gunther Sachs
Gunther Sachs 1963 © Bock-Schroeder Foundation

He led a life others only dreamed of. It included both coolness and creativity, he was a much-admired man and surrounded himself with beautiful women, art and celebrities.

In 1991 he collaborated with Claudia Schiffer for a period of six weeks on a celebrated artistic series of the Heroines. The project had its world premiere at the Kunsthalle in Bremen. Many international shows followed.

Gunter Sachs, a knight and romantic, managed to give Claudia's beauty additional facets; he made her shine with all nuances of feminine power and love magic.

Gunther Sachs
Gunther Sachs 1963 © Bock-Schroeder Foundation

Nevertheless, he also helped friends and acquaintances personally and financially. He became involved with people he had never met personally and cultivated his career as a "lover of the fine arts".

Gunther Sachs and Peter Bock-Schroeder
Gunther Sachs + Peter Bock-Schroeder, Autoportrait, 1963

Bock-Schroeder and Sachs got along well. The planned 2-day visit turned into 3 weeks. The results are personal pictures of a young Gunther Sachs at the dawn of his life as an international celebrity.

Gunther Sachs' introduction to photography

During the Photo Sessions Sachs asked Bock-Schroeder to teach him photography. As a farewell gift, Bock-Schroeder gave Sachs one of his Leica cameras as a present, and enabled the young Sachs to enter the world of photography. The photos of Gunther Sachs in this story are unique.

The Photos from the Bock-Schroeder Series show the young enthusiastic, curious and adventurous Sachs, open to life. It is Gunther Sachs at the starting line for a great adventure.

Baby deer hung with jewellery
Baby deer hung with jewellery, Ave Foch - Paris

Baby deer hung with jewellery

The photograph was taken in 1962 by Peter Bock-Schroeder in Gunther Sachs' Paris apartment

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