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James Vigeveno Galleries records, 1940-1975

James Vigeveno Galleries

Collection Information

Size: 2.9 Linear feet

Summary: The records of California gallery James Vigeveno Galleries measure 2.9 linear feet and date from 1940 to 1975. The collection comprises sales records consisting of photograph albums, negatives, and card files; printed materials containing exhibition announcements and catalogs, and scrapbooks documenting exhibitions held at the gallery; and two photographic portraits of Vigeveno.

Biographical/Historical Note

The James Vigeveno Galleries operated in Los Angeles from 1940 to 1956 and Ojai, a music and art/craft community located just north of Los Angeles, from 1957 to 1975. From 1957 to 1964 there were also periodic exhibitions of works from the Vigeveno Collection at the Bel-Air Hotel. Vigeveno (1895-1977) dealt primarily with French "modern and primitive" works, including artists of the School of Paris. American art, especially artists from California, were also represented. In addition, Chinese ceramics and Dutch and Flemish old master paintings were exhibited. Artists represented included Grandma Moses, Everett Shinn, John O'Shea, Rouault, Picasso, Chagall, Utrillo, William Ritschell, and others.


The James Vigeveno Galleries photograph albums were donated in 1987 by Annie Vigeveno, James Vigeveno's widow. Other material was donated in 2001, 2002, and 2005 by Tim and Lynn Mason, collectors of California art.

Language Note

English .


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.