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Series 4 | A Finding Aid to the Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974 | Digitized Collection

Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

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Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1925-1977, undated
5.5 linear feet
Boxes 260-272

Throughout its years of operation, Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., held numerous exhibitions in both the Paris and the New York galleries. This series houses the records related to those exhibitions.
Exhibition records deal with the general logistics of exhibition planning and document staff inquiries to collectors or museums about availability of artwork for loans and other exhibition business. Master artists from the Renaissance and from seventeenth- through nineteenth-century France, as well as Impressionist and early modern painters, were all represented in the exhibitions held in Jacques Seligmann & Co. galleries.
Scrapbooks served as a type of archival documentation of some of the exhibitions held in the galleries. Originally part of four large, oversized scrapbooks, the materials include brochures, exhibition text, printed material, and clippings.
Miscellaneous files includes clippings about selected exhibitions, information about competitions and annual shows, correspondence, administrative materials, and shipping materials related to loans of artwork for the exhibitions. A list of exhibitions held by Jacques Seligmann & Co. is also found among the records.
The series is organized into three subseries. The bulk of this series has been scanned. Exceptions are noted in the individual series descriptions.
4.1: Exhibits, 1925-1977, undated
4.2: Miscellaneous Files, 1935-1972, undated
4.3: Scrapbooks, 1925-1970, undated
4.1:Exhibits, 1925-1977, undated
Many of the exhibitions organized by Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., in the early 1930s helped develop Americans' taste for modern art and an interest in modern European painters, such as Juan Gris, Amedeo Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso. This subseries includes an 1936 exhibit of Picasso's works from his Blue and Rose Periods as well as a retrospective of his work. Another major exhibition project was the firm's participation in the 1940 World's Fair. Jacques Seligmann & Co. loaned artwork and antiques to the exhibition titled,
Masterpieces of Art
,which featured works by seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century artists, such as Francesco de Goya, El Greco, and Diego Velázquez from the Spanish School. Other artists' works that were represented included Paul Cézanne, Honoré Daumier, Jean-Louis David, Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Paul Gauguin, Theodore Géricault, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vincent van Gogh. This subseries includes attendance records, correspondence, memoranda, and minutes of advisory committee meetings, whose director general in charge was Walter Pach. Germain Seligman served on the Exhibition Committee, and another Jacques Seligmann & Co. staff member, Rolf Hans Waegen, served as secretary. Other exhibitions represented in this subseries featured important masters drawings and seventeenth- through nineteenth-century French artists. Also included are exhibitions by emerging American artists. Further information on American contemporary painters can be found in Contemporary American Department (Series 8), the records of a subsidiary department of Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc.
Significant correspondents found in this series include Alfred H. Barr, director of the Museum of Modern Art, and the well-known collector Duncan Phillips. Important lenders to the exhibitions held include the Cleveland Museum of Art; M. Knoedler & Co., Inc.; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Phillips Memorial Gallery; and Wadsworth Atheneum.
There are also correspondence, lists, announcements, printed material such as exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings, and notes concerning individual exhibitions. Arrangement of the subseries is chronological by year of exhibition and notated by the first date listed for each entry. The span dates at the end of each entry describe the dating of material within the folder.
DescriptionContainer
circa 1925: Legrain Leather and Marinot Glass Exhibition, 1925-1926
260
1
1927:
Dessins du XVI Siècle
(Hôtel de Sagan), 1927
260
2
1927: Loan Exhibition of Religious Art
Correspondence, 1926-1927
260
3
Correspondence, 1928-1929
260
4
Lists and Photographs, circa 1927
260
5
1928:
Loan Exhibition Illustrating the Work of Fifteen Masters of the Eighteenth Century
, 1928
260
6
1929:
Paintings by Amedeo Modigliani: 1884-1920
, 1929
260
7
1929: Philippe Wiener Collection (Paris), 1930-1934, undated
260
8
1930:
L'Exposition Louis Boilly
(Paris), 1930
260
9
1931:
Fragonard Drawings
, 1930-1931
260
10
1933:
Portrait Anciens
(Société Artistique Des Amateurs), 1933
260
11
1934:
Ingres et Ses Elèves
, 1934
260
12
1934:
One Hundred Years of French Art
, 1934
260
13
1934:
One Hundred Years of French Art
, 1935-1936, undated
260
14
1935:
French 19th Century Drawings and Water Colors
, 1935
260
15
1936:
Exhibition of Works by André Dunoyer de Sagonzac
, 1936
260
16
1936:
Picasso: Blue and Rose Periods, 1901-1906
, 1936, undated
260
17
1936:
Picasso: Blue and Rose Periods, 1901-1906
, 1936, undated
2 folders
261
1-2
1936:
Exhibition of Sculptures of Old African Civilizations
, 1936, undated
261
3
1937:
Twenty Years in the Evolution of Picasso
, 1903-1923, undated
261
4
1937:
Courbet to Seurat
, 1937
261
5
1937:
Chefs d'Ouevre de L'Art Français
(Paris), 1937
261
6
1937:
Indian Textiles from the Collection of H. H. The Maharani of Baroda
, 1935-1939
261
7
1937: Vincent van Gogh Exhibition (Paris), 1937
261
8
1938: Edgar Degas Exhibition (see also Newpaper Clippings in 4.2: Miscellaneous Files), 1938, undated
261
9
1938:
Juan Gris, 1887-1927
, 1938
261
10
1938:
Portraits by Sir Henry Raeburn, 1756-1823
, 1938
261
11
1938:
Sculpture Exhibition by Electra Waggoner
, 1938
261
12
1938:
Charles Shannon: Paintings of the South
, 1938
261
13
1939:
Recent Paintings by Gallatin, Morris, and Shaw
, 1938-1939
261
14
1939:
The Stage
Correspondence, 1939
261
15
Catalog and Related Material, 1939, undated
261
16
Lists, 1939
261
17
Miscellany, 1939, undated
261
18
1939: Public Education Association Exhibition, (canceled exhibition that was replaced by
The Stage
, 1939), 1939
261
19
1940:
New York World's Fair
Correspondence, 1939
262
1
Correspondence, 1940 January-March
262
2
Correspondence, 1940 March
262
3
Correspondence, 1940 April
262
4
Correspondence, 1940 May-December
262
5
Daily Attendance Roster, 1940
262
6
Financial Budget, 1940
262
7
Lecture Notes by John H. B. Knowlton, undated
262
8
Lecture Notes by Helen Ederheimer, undated
262
9
List of Board of Directors, Rules, and Regulations, 1940
262
10
List of Pictures for
Masterpieces of Art
, 1940
262
11
Photograph, 1940
262
12
Printed Material, 1940
262
13
Sales Report, 1940
262
14
1941: Christmas Exhibition, 1941, undated
263
1
1943:
Gift Box
, Christmas Exhibition, undated
263
2
1944:
Fernand Léger: Les Plongeurs
, 1944
263
3
1946:
1910-1912: The Climactic Years in Cubism
, 1946, undated
2 folders
263
4-5
1946:
Prints
, Christmas Exhibition, 1946
263
6
1947:
The Printmakers
, Founders Exhibition, 1947
263
7
1947:
Roger de La Fresnaye, 1885-1925: Watercolors-Gouaches-Drawings
, 1947
263
8
1947:
The Sea
, 1947
263
9
1948:
Vuillard, 1865-1940: His Dynamic Early Period
Correspondence, 1948
263
10
Catalog Text, Proofs, and Lists, 1948
263
11
Reviews and Publicity, 1948
263
12
1950:
Nine Paintings by Rico Lebrun, 1900-
, 1950
263
13
1951:
Master Drawings of Five Centuries
, 1951
263
14
1951-1952:
Odilon Redon, 1840-1916: Pastels and Drawings
Correspondence, 1951-1952
264
1
Lists, 1951
264
2
Material for Catalog, 1951-1952, undated
264
3
Newspaper Clippings, 1951
264
4
Photographs, undated
264
5
1952:
Illuminated Manuscripts, 11th Centuries to the 16th Centuries, from the Bibliothèque of Their Highnesses, the Dukes d'Arenberg
Bills for Catalog, 1951-1952
264
6
Catalog, 1952
264
7
Correspondence, 1961-1968
264
8
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1952, undated
264
9
Labels, 1952
not scanned
264
10
Newspaper Clippings and Publicity, 1952
264
11
Photographs, circa 1952
264
12
Press Releases, circa 1952
264
13
1953:
Master Drawings: European Drawings of Four Centuries
, 1953
264
14
1953:
Seventeenth Century French Paintings and Drawings
Correspondence, 1952-1953
265
1
Exhibit Text, 1953
265
2
List, Miscellaneous, 1953, undated
265
3
Photographs, undated
265
4
Reviews, 1952-1953
265
5
1955:
Engravings from the Celebrated Collection of the Dukes d'Arenberg
Catalog and Related Material, 1955
265
6
Correspondence, 1953-1955
265
7
Notes, circa 1953-1955
265
8
Photographs, 1955
265
9
Publicity and Reviews, 1955, undated
265
10
1955-1956:
Baron Antoine-Jean Gros: Painter of Battles - The First Romantic Painter
, 1951-1956
Catalogs and Related Material, 1955-1956
265
11
Correspondence, 1951-1956
265
12
Correspondence, 1956
265
13
Notifications of Complimentary Catalogs, and Thank You Notes, 1956-1959
265
14
Photographs, circa 1955-1956
265
15
1955-1956:
Baron Antoine-Jean Gros: Painter of Battles - The First Romantic Painter
, 1951-1956
Reviews, 1955-1956
2 folders
266
1-2
1957 (November 18-December 7):
Master Drawings
, 1957
266
3
1957:
Religious Art of the Earlier Centuries
, 1957
266
4
1957:
17th Century Internationalism
, United Nations Exhibition, 1957, undated
266
5
1958:
French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse
, 1958-1959
266
6
1959 (November 16-December 5):
Master Drawings
, 1959
266
7
1960 (November 7-28):
Master Drawings
, 1960
266
8
1961 (October 23-November 11):
Master Drawings
, 1961
266
9
1961:
Three Sculptors
, 1961
266
10
1962 (November 5-24):
Master Drawings
, 1962-1963
266
11
1964 November 4-25:
Master Drawings
, 1964
266
12
1965 October 23-November 13:
Master Drawings
, 1965
266
13
1966 November 16-December 10:
Master Drawings
, 1966
267
1
1967 November 4-25:
Master Drawings
, 1967
267
2
1967-1968:
Young Newcomers
and
Newcomers '68
, 1967-1968, undated
267
3
1968 November 2-23:
Master Drawings
, 1968
267
4
1969 November 15-December 6:
Master Drawings
, 1969
267
5
1970 October 31-November 21:
Master Drawings
, 1970
267
6
1971:
Contemporary American Watercolors and Drawings
, 1970-1971, undated
267
7
1971:
Four Newcomers
, 1971, undated
267
8
1971:
Master Drawings
, 1971 November 6-December 4
267
9
1972 November 4-25:
Master Drawings
, 1972
267
10
1972:
New Talent
, 1972, undated
267
11
1972:
Paintings by Grevis Melville
and
Ceramics by Emily Rose
, 1971-1972
267
12
1973 November 17-December 8:
Master Drawings
, 1973
267
13
1973:
One by Each
, 1969-1973
267
14
1974:
Newcomers 74
, 1974
267
15
1977:
Newcomers 77
, 1977
267
16
4.2:Miscellaneous Files, 1935-1972, undated
This subseries includes correspondence with clients and museums concerning loans, shipping, and administrative matters, and clippings about exhibitions held. Also found are lists of clients to whom exhibition catalogs were sent and a chronology of exhibitions held at the New York and Paris galleries.
DescriptionContainer
Competitions and Annual Shows, 1947
268
1
Correspondence Regarding Giotto Exhibition in Florence, Italy, 1937
268
2
Exhibition Catalogs Sent, 1946-1947, undated
not scanned
268
3
Exhibition Loans, 1952-1956
268
4
Exhibition Loans, 1957-1959
268
5
Exhibition Loans, 1960
268
6
Exhibition Loans, 1961-1962
268
7
Exhibition Loans, 1963
268
8
Exhibition Loans, 1964
268
9
Exhibition Loans, 1965
268
10
Exhibition Loans, 1966-1971
268
11
Lists of Exhibitions Held, undated
268
12
Miscellaneous Announcements, circa 1920s
268
13
Newspaper Clippings, 1923-1929
268
14
Newspaper Clippings, 1935, undated, undated
268
15
4.3:Scrapbooks, 1925-1970, undated
In this subseries are exhibit text, brochures, printed material, and clippings originally housed in large scrapbooks that documented exhibitions held by Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc.
DescriptionContainer
Scrapbook no. 1,
Allegory of Peace
, undated
269
1
Scrapbook no. 2, 1947-1970
270
1
Scrapbook no. 3,
Portraits par Ingres et ses Eleves
, 1934
3 folders
271
1-3
Scrapbook no. 4, 1925-1942
272
1

Make a Request

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