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Oral history interview with Victor D. Spark

Interviewee:
Spark, Victor D. (Victor David), 1898-1991  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Duveen-Graham (Gallery)  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
New York University -- Students  Search this
United States. Marine Corps  Search this
Wildenstein Galleries  Search this
Duveen, Albert  Search this
Duveen, Joseph Duveen, Baron, 1869-1939  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970  Search this
Karolik, Maxim  Search this
Knoedler, Roland F., 1856-1932  Search this
Wildenstein, Felix, 1883-1952  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (Sound recording: 3 sound files (1 hr., 59 min.), digital, wav)
55 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1975 August 5
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Victor D. Spark, conducted August 5, 1975, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, at Spark's New York City apartment.
Spark speaks of his early schooling at Townsend Harris Hall and NYU; his experience in the Marine Corps during World War II; working in his father's hotel business; the economic difficulties for art dealers during the Great Depression; apprenticing in galleries and working as a small art dealer; changes in the mid-century American art market; the differences between the art market for modern and contemporary art and that of older art. Spark also recalls Maxim Karolik, Edith Halpert, the gallerists Duveen, Knoedler, Wildenstein, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Victor D. Spark (1898-1991) was an art dealer from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 59 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art 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.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.spark75
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-spark75

George Elmer Browne postcards

Creator:
Browne, George Elmer, 1871-1946  Search this
Names:
Beckwith, Bertha Hall, d. 1925  Search this
Browne, Harold Putnam, 1894-1931  Search this
Drake, W. H.  Search this
Eaton, Charles Warren, 1857-1937  Search this
King, Paul Bernard, Sr., 1867-1947  Search this
Knoedler, Roland F., 1856-1932  Search this
Matthews, Anna Lou, b. 1882  Search this
Ryder, Chauncey F., 1868-1949  Search this
Extent:
51 Items ((on a partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1904-1927
Scope and Contents:
Thirty-eight postcards to Browne and his wife from their son, painter Harold Putnam Browne, and colleagues Anne Balderston, Bertha Beckwith, William Henry Drake, Charles Warren Eaton, Paul King, Roland F. Knoedler, Anna Lou Matthews, and Chauncey F. Ryder, 1904-1927; and 13 postcards to Harold Putnam Browne from his parents and colleagues, 1905-1917.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, art instructor; New York, New York. Born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Browne studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School of Drawing and Painting, and at the Cowles Art School, Boston. In Paris he studied under Robert-Fleury and at the Academie Julien under Lefebvre.
Provenance:
Donated 1976 by Mady Marantz, along with the papers of her father, Irving Marantz, whose relationship to Browne is unclear.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art teachers  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.browgeoe
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-browgeoe

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