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

Reis, Bernard J., 1895-1978

Collector, Accountant


Collection Information

Size: 64 Pages, Transcript

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

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.

Language Note

English .


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.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Bernard J. Reis, 1976 June 3-1976 June 10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.