The Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection

Over three decades, Henry Pearlman combined his love of art, his superb eye, and a keen business sense to form one of the great collections of modern art to be held 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 recalled that his passion for collecting art began one day in the mid-1940s, when he passed the American Art Auction Galleries in New York and glimpsed Chaïm Soutine’s The Village Square. He bought the work, and its dense brushstrokes and brilliant colors graced the wall above his mantelpiece, where, he later wrote, it gave him “a lift” each evening when he returned home from work.

Pearlman built close relationships with a number of dealers in the U.S. and abroad, and by 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. His tastes ran from Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec to Modigliani and Soutine, but Cézanne would prove to be his most enduring obsession—his collection includes six paintings and sixteen of the finest extant watercolors by this master.

Since the mid-1970s, the Pearlman collection has been on loan to the Princeton University Art Museum, where generations of scholars, students, and visitors have studied and delighted in these works, thus joining Pearlman in what he described as “a road of adventure both exhilarating and satisfying.” The result of Pearlman’s extraordinary vision—the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection—was on view in a major international traveling exhibition that showcased 50 modern masterworks from the late 19th through early 20th centuries.

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Cistern in the Park of Château Noir, 1895–1900
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Path, Trees, and Walls, ca. 1900
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Portrait de Cézanne, 1898–1900
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Mont Sainte-Victoire, ca. 1904–06
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Trees Forming an Arch, ca. 1900 – possibly later
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Undergrowth, ca. 1900–04
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Trees and Cistern in the Park of Château Noir, 1900–1902
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Route to Le Tholonet, 1900–1904
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1902–1906
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Study of a Skull, 1902–04
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Chemin des Lauves: The Turn in the Road, 1904–06
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Forest Path, ca. 1904–06
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Paul Cézanne, French, 1839–1906
Still Life with Carafe, Bottle, and Fruit, 1906
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Gustave Courbet, French, 1819–1877
Portrait of a Young Woman, ca. 1845
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Honoré Daumier, French, 1808–1879
Head of an Old Woman, ca. 1856–60
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Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917
The Morning Bath, ca. 1886
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Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917
After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself, 1890s
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Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471–1528
Adam and Eve, 1504
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Paul Gauguin, French, 1848–1903
Woman of Martinique, 1889
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Paul Gauguin, French, 1848–1903
Te Fare Amu (The House for Eating), 1895 or 1897
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