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Bernard J. Reis papers, 1934-1979

Bernard J. Reis papers, 1934-1979

Reis, Bernard J., 1895-1978

Accountant, Collector

Collection Information

Size: 2.4 linear ft.

Summary: Letters, photographs, writings, scrapbook, interview, and printed matter.

Material on Mark Rothko, Peggy Guggenheim, and Marc Chagall; letters to Reis and his wife, Rebecca, from Edward Albee, Massimo Campigli, Jacques Lipchitz, and Sir Herbert Read; general correspondence with one or two letters from William Congdon, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Abraham Rattner, Ad Reinhardt, Larry Rivers, Jose Luis Sert, and Adlai E. Stevenson; transcripts of a 1954 speech by Franz Kline and a 1961 interview of him by Katherine Kuh; catalogs and clippings relating to Reis's daughter, Barbara Reis Poe; photographs; catalogs, clippings and printed material; Christmas cards; material regarding tours of the Reis house and Rebecca Reis's cookbook; a caricature of Bernard Reis by Abe Birnbaum; and miscellany.

Photographs include Bernard and Rebecca Reis, their collection, and artists, dealers, and collectors including William Congdon, Piero Dorazio, Helen Frankenthaler, Peggy Guggenheim, Philip Guston, Albert Lasker, Jacques Lipchitz, Frank and Suzanne Lloyd, Robert Motherwell, Beverly Pepper, Kurt Seligmann, Theodoros Stamos, Konstantin Stanislavski, Jean Varda, and Adja Yunkers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art collector and accountant; New York City. Reis was the executor of Mark Rothko's estate.


The papers were given in 1979 and 1980 by Reis's widow, Rebecca G. Reis.

Related Materials

Bernard and Rebecca Reis papers, also located at: Getty Center, California.

Restrictions on Access

Collections is CLOSED for processing. Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Bernard J. Reis papers, 1934-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.