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Enid Klass correspondence regarding the George Perutz art collection, 1965-2009

Klass, Enid, 1931-

Art consultant

Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear feet

Summary: The Enid Klass correspondence regarding the 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. 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. 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.

Biographical/Historical Note

Enid Klass (1931- ) is an art consultant in New York, N.Y. George Perutz (1925-2016) was an art collector in Dallas, Texas. Klass and 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.

Provenance

Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018 and 2019 by Enid Klass.