Marc Sandler papers, 1947-1955

Sandler, Marc, b. 1907 d. 1968
Active in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Sweden

Collection size: 2 microfilm reels

Collection Summary: Correspondence between Sandler and George Grosz, Harry Wickey, Grant Reynard, Aaron Bohrod, Joseph Hirsch, Raphael Soyer, and others; a 62-page manuscript on Grosz, written by Sandler shortly before his death. It recounts Sandler's chance encounter with Grosz in a Berlin cafe in 1932 when Grosz was pondering an invitation to teach at the Art Students League; it also recalls their respective escapes to the U.S. during World War II; and their reunion in New York City in 1946.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art collector; Sweden and Pennsylvania. Swedish-born Sandler came to the United States in 1940 as a courier on a confidential mission to the Swedish embassy regarding Hitler. According to his son Ralph, he and his wife had started an art collection in Sweden, but when they were divorced after coming to this country, his wife kept the collection. Marc moved to Pittsburgh, where he started collecting once again, this time focusing on American paintings that were not, in his words, "sucked into the whirlpool of French movements."

Lent for microfilming March 1986 by Ralph Sandler, son of Marc Sandler.

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