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Polia Pillin, Los Angeles, California letter to unidentified art patron

Archives of American Art
1 letter : handwritten ; 19 x 13 cm.

One page handwritten letter from Polia Pillin to an unnamed art patron.

Luman Reed

National Portrait Gallery

Robert Gilmor

National Portrait Gallery

Gertrude Stein

National Portrait Gallery

Gertrude Stein

National Portrait Gallery

Bertha Honoré Palmer

National Portrait Gallery

Peggy Guggenheim

National Portrait Gallery

Albert Eugene Gallatin

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Albert Eugene Gallatin

National Portrait Gallery

Mabel Dodge Luhan

National Portrait Gallery

Mabel Dodge Luhan

National Portrait Gallery

Gertrude Stein

National Portrait Gallery

The Copyist at the Metropolitan

National Portrait Gallery

An Art Program

Archives of American Art
Essay : 8 p. : typescript ; 28 x 22 cm.

A proposal written by Lee Nordness, New York City gallery owner, for S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc. to contribute to and support artists and art programs.

Peggy Guggenheim

National Portrait Gallery

Joseph Herman Hirshhorn

National Portrait Gallery

Joseph Herman Hirshhorn

National Portrait Gallery

Luman Reed

National Portrait Gallery

Gertrude Stein

National Portrait Gallery
Born Allegheny, Pennsylvania

American expatriate writer Gertrude Stein was a high priestess of early twentieth-century modernism for the many who visited her fabled Paris apartment. She collected and promoted avant-garde art, including that of Picasso and Matisse. Her own abstract, repetitive prose inspired the experiments of playwrights, composers, poets, and painters. "There was an eternal quality about her," sculptor Jo Davidson wrote. "She somehow symbolized wisdom." He chose to depict her here as "a sort of modern Buddha." Delighted by the sculpture, Stein composed one of her famous prose portraits of Davidson, later published in Vanity Fair alongside a photograph of this work.

John Quinn

National Portrait Gallery

Joseph Herman Hirshhorn

National Portrait Gallery

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

National Portrait Gallery
Sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney commissioned this portrait and a statuette of herself in New York in 1916. Davidson wrote: "This was her way of helping me carry on. . . . Her enthusiasm did much to help sustain my courage in this period." She funded Davidson's return to Paris after World War I to make portraits of the Allied leaders and continued to support his career, commenting about his posthumous portrait of her husband Harry Payne Whitney, "Everything he touches is like magic." An important early collector of modernist American art, she founded the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1931.
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