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Oral history interview with Eugene V. Thaw

Interviewee:
Thaw, Eugene Victor  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
Cleveland Museum of Art  Search this
Columbia University -- Students  Search this
E.V. Thaw & Co.  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Pollock-Krasner Foundation  Search this
St. John's College (Annapolis, Md.) -- Students  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Franka, Gunther  Search this
Held, Julius Samuel, 1905-  Search this
Ketterer, Norbert  Search this
Krasner, Lee, 1908-1984  Search this
Landau, Jack, 1925-1967  Search this
Marca-Relli, Conrad, 1913-2000  Search this
Matisse, Pierre, 1900-1989  Search this
Meiss, Millard  Search this
Mitchell, Joan, 1926-1992  Search this
Offner, Richard, 1889-1965  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Rousseau, Theodore, 1912-  Search this
Shapiro, Meyer  Search this
Simon, Norton, 1907-1993  Search this
Vavala, Evelyn Sandberg  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2007 October 1-2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Eugene V. Thaw conducted 2007 October 1-2, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art's Art Dealers Association of America Project, at Thaw's residence, in New York, N.Y.
Thaw speaks of his childhood in New York City; Mexican art in his home including watercolors by Diego Rivera; beginning classes at the Art Student's League of New York at age 14; attending St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland; attending Columbia University for graduate courses in art history and studying with Meyer Shapiro and Millard Meiss; an early interest in Old Master, Renaissance, and German Expressionist art; studying in Florence, Italy for four months after World War II; opening The New Bookstore and Gallery with friend Jack Landau above the Algonquin Hotel upon his return to New York City; giving Joan Mitchell and Conrad Marca-Relli their first shows; ending his partnership with Landau, closing the bookstore, and moving the gallery to Madison Avenue; becoming involved in the international art market; the practice of buying and selling works of art in shares with other dealers; showing American and European artists; renaming the gallery E.V. Thaw & Company; operating essentially as a one-man gallery with very limited staff; his relationship with museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art; his personal collections, including extensive ancient Eurasian artifacts and American Indian art; establishing the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; the philanthropic vision of his own foundation, the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust; his retirement from dealing; the "hand of the artist" in historical context and its lack of significance in contemporary art; and advice for young and emerging art dealers. Thaw also recalls Richard Offner, Evelyn Sandberg-Vavala, Norbert Ketterer, G√ľnther Franka, Pierre Matisse, Leo Castelli, Julius Held, Theodore Rousseau, Lee Krasner, Norton Simon, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Eugene Thaw (1927- ) is an art dealer from New York, N.Y. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 26 min.
Provenance:
This interview is 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 administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.thaw07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93bde4440-dc2a-4206-a8bb-d0f0ebda50d4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thaw07
Online Media:

Letter from Theodore Rousseau, Jr., Curator in the Department of Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to Peter M. Riccio at Columbia University

Creator:
Rousseau, Theodore, 1912-  Search this
Riccio, Peter M. (Peter Michael), 1898-1990  Search this
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1957 December 9
Citation:
Theodore Rousseau. Letter from Theodore Rousseau, Jr., Curator in the Department of Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to Peter M. Riccio at Columbia University, 1957 December 9. American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17041
See more items in:
American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993, bulk 1909-1969
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_17041

The picture galleries / [by Theodore Rousseau]

Title:
Guide to the picture galleries
Author:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Rousseau, Theodore 1912-1973  Search this
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1954
1954?]
Topic:
Painting  Search this
Call number:
N610 .A726 1954X
N610.A726 1954X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_424535

Your part of art : sound recording

Creator:
Hollingsworth, Alvin C.  Search this
Names:
Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe), 1909-1987  Search this
Green, Wilder, 1927-  Search this
Messer, Thomas M.  Search this
Paris, Jeanne C.  Search this
Rousseau, Theodore, 1912-  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Sound recordings
Date:
1970 Nov. 14
Scope and Contents:
A panel discussion, "Your Part of Art," moderated by Alvin C. Hollingsworth. Panelists include: John I. H. Baur, Wilder Green, Thomas Messer, Jeanne Paris, and Theodore Rousseau.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
Donor is unspecified.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.hollalvy
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9bc4be918-1870-4a7f-bbdd-e3735e872fcb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hollalvy

The Metropolitan, New York

Author:
Rousseau, Theodore 1912-1973  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
60 p. illus. (part mounted col.) 39 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1957
[1957]
Topic:
Painting  Search this
Call number:
N610 .R86
N610.R86
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_55043

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