Oral history interview with Paul H. Nitze
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.nitze96
Creators:
Nitze, Paul H.
Kirwin, Liza
Wattenmaker, Richard J.
Dates:
1996 Apr. 30
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1 Item
sound cassette (60 min.)
analog.
62 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with Paul H. Nitze conducted 1996 Apr. 30, by Liza Kirwin and Richard Wattenmaker, for the Archives of American Art's Oral History Program, at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C.
Scope and Contents
Nitze mainly recalls his acquaintance with Alexander Calder and Isamu Noguchi. He discusses meeting Calder in Berlin, Germany at the opening of a Calder exhibition in 1929; how Calder moved to Nitze's Berlin pension and they "became pals" that first day; their plans to bicycle to Russia with other friends; sharing an apartment with Calder in New York City; a performance of the Circus there and how "everybody loved him"; and Calder's courtship and marriage to Louisa James. Nitze talks about meeting Noguchi through Sidney Spivak and how Noguchi made a bronze head of Nitze as re-payment for his support; and Noguchi's "instinct for making things acceptable to the modern art world." He also discusses his early desire to be an art dealer and pursuing that career in Paris until he realized that "the whole profession was a bunch of crooks"; his own art collection and how, at age 15, he bought two paintings by Austrian Hans GrĂ¼ss, and later acquired works by Degas, Van Gogh, and Monet.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Paul H. Nitze (1907-2004) is a statesman, author, art patron, and collector from Washington, D.C.

Administration
Sponsor
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians,dealers, critics, and administrators.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 44 min.

Digital Content

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Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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