A Finding Aid to the Enid Klass Correspondence Regarding George Perutz Art Collection, 1965-2009, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.klasenid
Creators:
Klass, Enid
Dates:
1965-2009
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.4 Linear feet
Repository:
The Enid Klass correspondence regarding George Perutz art collection measures 0.4 linear feet and dates from 1965-2009.. The majority of the letters are from Perutz to various dealers and artists, inquiring about artworks and tracking provenance. There is also correspondence between George Perutz and his friend and art consultant Enid Klass indicating their exchange of often detailed information about various art works to consider buying and comments about the current art scene. Correspondence between Perutz and dealers have been forwarded to Klass, sometimes with an additional note to Klass. Perutz collected American art, including artists John James Audubon, Thomas Hart Benton, Stuart Davis, Philip Evergood, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Edward Hopper, George Inness, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, John Marin, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, Grant Wood, and others. Correspondence with galleries includes Ankrum, Banfer, Downtown, David B. Findlay, Forum, Martha Jackson, Kennedy, Kraushaar, Landou-Alan, Midtown, Milch, Rosenberg, Jacques Seligmann, Zabriskie, and others.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Enid Klass correspondence regarding George Perutz art collection measures 0.4 linear feet and dates from 1965-2009. The majority of the letters are from Perutz to various dealers and artists, inquiring about artworks and tracking provenance. There is also correspondence between George Perutz and his friend and art consultant Enid Klass indicating their exchange of often detailed information about various art works to consider buying and comments about the current art scene. Correspondence between Perutz and dealers have been forwarded to Klass, sometimes with an additional note to Klass. Perutz collected American art, including artists John James Audubon, Thomas Hart Benton, Stuart Davis, Philip Evergood, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Edward Hopper, George Inness, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, John Marin, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, Grant Wood, and others. Correspondence with galleries includes Ankrum, Banfer, Downtown, David B. Findlay, Forum, Martha Jackson, Kennedy, Kraushaar, Landou-Alan, Midtown, Milch, Rosenberg, Jacques Seligmann, Zabriskie, and others.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Enid Klass (1931- ) is an art consultant in New York, N.Y. George Perutz (1925-2016) was an art collector in Dallas, Texas. Enid Klass and George Perutz became friends in the 1950s when they both lived in Dallas, Texas. Following her stint as assistant in the Paintings Department of Parke-Bernet and Sotheby's, Klass became an art consultant assisting Perutz in the development of his American art collection.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Hilary Price in 2018. The 2019 addition was processed in 2020 by Ryan Evans.
Author
Hilary Price
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018 and 2019 by Enid Klass.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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Preferred Citation
Enid Klass correspondence regarding George Perutz art collection, 1965-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, American -- Collectors and collecting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Perutz, George Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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