The Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection

Over three decades, Henry Pearlman assembled one of the finest collections of modern art remaining in private hands. A lifelong New Yorker, Pearlman in 1919 founded the Eastern Cold Storage Company, which made important contributions to marine shipbuilding during World War II. He began seriously collecting avant-garde art in the 1940s with the purchase of a canvas by Chaïm Soutine, a Russian-born artist known for his bold use of color and the intensity of his brushwork. Pearlman quickly became interested in Amedeo Modigliani, another artist of the so-called School of Paris, and eventually began to collect works by some of the artists who influenced them, including Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cézanne.

By assiduous dealing, Pearlman built close relationships with a number of dealers in the U.S. and abroad, and befriending artists directly he was able to secure numerous paintings that today are deemed masterpieces. He relished the hunt for secreted masterworks and was fascinated by the networks of aesthetic influence and personal relationships among artists.  

The result of Pearlman’s extraordinary vision—the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection—will be on view in a major international traveling exhibition that showcases 50 modern masterworks from the late 19th through early 20th centuries.

Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection, organized by the Princeton University Art Museum (where the collection has resided since 1976), debuted at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford in England on March 13, 2014, and will have subsequent stops in France, Canada, and the U.S. before culminating in Princeton, its final venue, in September 2015. This is the first international tour of the entire collection since Henry Pearlman’s death.

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Étude pour pastorale, ca. 1870
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Aeneas Meeting Dido at Carthage, ca. 1875
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Guillaumin au Pendu, 1873
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Paysage à Auvers, 1873
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Aeneas Meeting Dido at Carthage, 1873–76
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Tête de Femme, 1873
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Portrait of Paul, the Artist's Son, ca. 1880
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Page of Studies, Including Bathers and a Self-Portrait, 1875–78
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Standing Bather Seen from Behind, ca. 1879–82
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Provençal Manor, ca. 1885
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Forest Interior, ca. 1890
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Trees, ca. 1891
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Study of Trees, 1886–88
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Rocks at Bibémus, ca. 1887–90
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Three Pears, ca. 1888–90
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
House in Provence, 1890–94
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Baigneurs, 1890–1900
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Baigneurs (large plate), 1890–1900
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Cistern in the Park of Château Noir, ca. 1900
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Fountain, Place de la Mairie in Aix-en-Provence, ca. 1900
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