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Oral history interview with Paul D. Magriel, 1970 Nov. 12-25

Interviewee:
Magriel, Paul David, 1906-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12086
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212883
AAA_collcode_magrie70
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212883

Raymond and Margaret Horowitz papers

Creator:
Horowitz, Raymond J., 1916-2005  Search this
Names:
Adelson Galleries  Search this
Babcock Galleries  Search this
Hirschl & Adler Galleries  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Fraad, Daniel  Search this
Horowitz, Margaret, 1915-2005  Search this
Magriel, Paul David, 1906-  Search this
Spark, Victor D. (Victor David), 1898-1991  Search this
Extent:
5.4 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1903-2007
bulk 1960-2007
Summary:
The papers of collectors Raymond and Margaret Horowitz measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1903-2007, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960- 2007. The collection documents the Horowitzes' activities as collectors through art collection files, including appraisals, sales information, printed material, and photographs of artwork; files of artwork sold or donated; accession records, including inventory lists of paintings and prints; and catalog information.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of collectors Raymond and Margaret Horowitz measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1903-2007, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960- 2007. The collection documents the Horowitzes' activities as collectors through art collection files, including appraisals, sales information, printed material, and photographs of artwork; files of artwork sold or donated; accession records, including inventory lists of paintings and prints; and catalog information.

The records document the acquisitions that formed the foundation for the Raymond and Margaret Horowitz collection. Materials reflect Raymond Horowitz's long-standing relationships with dealers, galleries, and museums, including Adelson Galleries, Babcock Galleries, Daniel Fraad, Hirschl & Adler, Paul Magriel, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Victor Spark, and others.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 4 series.

Series 1: Art Collection Files, 1943-2007 (Boxes 1-3; 2.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Artwork, Sold or Donated, 1903, 1950-2003 (Boxes 3-5; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Accession Records, 1959-circa 1994 (Box 5; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Catalog Information, circa 1960-1967 (Box 5; 3 Folders)
Biographical / Historical:
Raymond Horowitz (1916-2005), a lifelong resident of New York City, was a founding partner in the firm Graubard Miller, where he practiced corporate law for over fifty years. Horowitz's interest in art history and art developed as an undergraduate student at Columbia College (1932-1936) where he attended lectures by the art historian, Meyer Schapiro. In 1939, Horowitz earned his jurisprudence degree from Columbia University. Shortly thereafter, he found a position as assistant Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, where he remained until 1943 when he went into private practice. In 1940, Raymond married Margaret Goldenberg.

Raymond and Margaret shared an interest in art and began collecting in the 1940s. Initially, the Horowitzes acquired drawings and pastels on a modest, informal basis. In 1961, with the purchase of a painting by Robert Henri, Raymond and Margaret began to collect early twentieth century American artists, whose work they thought had been overshadowed by the French Impressionists and the Abstract Expressionists. Raymond and Margaret Horowitz were credited as pioneers in the rediscovery and revaluation of the work of Frank Benson, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Maurice Prendergast, Theodore Robinson, John H. Twachtman, J. Alden Weir and other notable American Impressionist artists. Raymond Horowitz also acquired the works of Social Realist artists, such as Thomas Anshutz, George Bellows, William Glackens, and John Sloan. Many of the pieces from the Horowitzes' collection have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. Raymond and Margaret Horowitz donated works of art to the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Newark Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art; in early 2000s, they made a major gift of 49 paintings, drawings, and watercolors to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

In September, 2005, at the age of 90 years, Raymond Horowitz died in New York.

Born in New York City in 1915, Margaret Horowitz (1915-2005) received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. Encouraged by her parents to equip herself to earn a living, Margaret went on to receive a Master's Degree from Teacher's College at Fordham University in literature. Raymond Horowitz referred to Margaret as an equal partner in their collecting endeavors. At the time of her death in March, 2005, Margaret and Raymond had been married for sixty-five years.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Raymond Horowitz, conducted 1973 January 17 by Paul Cummings and conducted 2004 October 20-November 5 by Avis Berman.
Provenance:
The papers of Raymond and Margaret Horowitz were donated in 2015 by Stephen L. Ingerman, the executor of the estate of Raymond and Margaret Horowitz.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Raymond and Margaret Horowitz papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Raymond and Margaret Horowitz papers, 1903-2007, bulk 1960-2007. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hororaym
See more items in:
Raymond and Margaret Horowitz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hororaym
Additional Online Media:

Galaxy of ladies : American paintings from the Paul Magriel Collection / prepared by Elayne H. Varian ; text by Barbara Novak O'Doherty

Author:
Magriel, Paul 1906-1990-  Search this
Varian, Elayne H  Search this
Novak, Barbara  Search this
Finch College Museum of Art Contemporary Study Wing  Search this
Subject:
Magriel, Paul David 1906- Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[8] : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1966
[1966]
Topic:
Women in art  Search this
Painting--Private collections  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND1329.W6 M34 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_703807

The Paul Magriel collection : American drawings 1800-1965 / catalogue and exhibition by Mary Anne Goley

Title:
American drawings 1800-1965
Author:
Goley, Mary Anne  Search this
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Magriel, Paul David 1906- Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
20 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1980
[1980?]
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Call number:
NC31.M3 G65 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_738500

American drawings, Benjamin West to Ben Shahn : selections from the Paul Magriel Collection, November 16th through January 4, 1981

Author:
New Britain Museum of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Magriel, Paul David 1906- Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Connecticut
Date:
1981
[1981?]
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Drawing--Private collections--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NC105 .A48 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_645578

American drawings : Paul Magriel Collection : [exhibition] November 8, 1979-January 31, 1980 [at the] National Academy of Design, New York

Author:
Eisler, Colin Tobias  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Magriel, Paul David 1906- Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[40] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
1980
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Human beings in art  Search this
Portrait drawing, American--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NC105 .A482 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651423

Aspects of sculpture : the Paul Magriel Collection : catalogue / by John T. Spike

Author:
Spike, John T  Search this
Subject:
Magriel, Paul David 1906- Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
103 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture--Private collections--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NB30.M34S65 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_329641

American drawings : Paul Magriel collection : [exhibition] November 8, 1979-January 31, 1980 / National Academy of Design

Author:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Magriel, Paul David 1906- Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[40] p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
[1979?]
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Call number:
NC105 .N53 1979
NC105.N53 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_127697

American figure drawings : the Paul Magriel collection

Author:
Mead Art Building  Search this
Barter, Judith A  Search this
Subject:
Magriel, Paul David 1906- Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[27] p. : ill., ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1980
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Figure drawing  Search this
Call number:
NC105 .M47
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_130532

American drawings : Benjamin West to Ben Shahn : selections from the Paul Magriel collection

Author:
New Britain Museum of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Magriel, Paul David 1906- Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1980
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Call number:
NC105.A1 A512
NC105.A1A512
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_143603

Paul David Magriel letters, 1940-1967

Creator:
Magriel, Paul David, 1906-1990  Search this
Topic:
Art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7973
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210141
AAA_collcode_magrpaul
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210141

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