Scope and Contents
The Enid Klass correspondence regarding 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. 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. 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. Also found are two exhibition catalogs annotated by Perutz.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Enid Klass.
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Hilary Price in 2018. The 2019 addition was processed in 2020 by Ryan Evans.