Oral history interview with Bernard J. Reis, 1976 June 3-1976 June 10

Reis, Bernard J. , b. 1895 d. 1978
Collector, Accountant
Active in New York, N.Y.

Size: Transcript: 64 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 31 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Bernard Reis conducted 1976 June 3-1976 June 10, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.

Reis speaks of his family background and education; the development of his art collection; and his friendship with various artists, including Jacques Lipchitz, George Grosz and Mark Rothko. He also recalls Peggy Guggenheim.

Biographical/Historical Note: Bernard J. Reis (1895-1978) was a art collector and patron from New York, N.Y.

These interviews are part of the Archives' 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 others.

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.

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