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.

  • Portrait of Marsden Hartley
    Portrait of Marsden Hartley, 1942
    Jacques Lipchitz, French, 1891–1973 | Marsden Hartley, American, 1877–1943 | Modern Art Foundry, American foundry, founded 1932
  • Head
    Head, ca. 1910–11
    Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884–1920
  • Mateo
    Mateo, 1915
    Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884–1920
  • Léon Indenbaum
    Léon Indenbaum, 1916
    Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884–1920
  • Jean Cocteau
    Jean Cocteau, 1916
    Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884–1920
  • Still Life: Apples and Pears in a Round Basket
    Still Life: Apples and Pears in a Round Basket, 1872
    Camille Pissarro, French, 1830–1903
  • Sea and Boats
    Sea and Boats, ca. 1907
    Maurice Brazil Prendergast, American, 1858–1924
  • Nude in a Landscape
    Nude in a Landscape, ca. 1887
    Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841–1919
  • River View
    River View, 1889
    Alfred Sisley, French, 1839–1899
  • Self-Portrait
    Self-Portrait, ca. 1918
    Chaïm Soutine, Russian, active in France, 1893–1943
  • Chemin de la Fontaine des Tins at Céret
    Chemin de la Fontaine des Tins at Céret, ca. 1920
    Chaïm Soutine, Russian, active in France, 1893–1943
  • Steeple of Saint-Pierre at Céret
    Steeple of Saint-Pierre at Céret, ca. 1922
    Chaïm Soutine, Russian, active in France, 1893–1943
  • Hanging Turkey
    Hanging Turkey, ca. 1925
    Chaïm Soutine, Russian, active in France, 1893–1943
  • View of Céret
    View of Céret, ca. 1921–22
    Chaïm Soutine, Russian, active in France, 1893–1943
  • Choir Boy
    Choir Boy, 1925
    Chaïm Soutine, Russian, active in France, 1893–1943
  • Portrait of a Woman
    Portrait of a Woman, 1929
    Chaïm Soutine, Russian, active in France, 1893–1943
  • The Sacred Grove
    The Sacred Grove, 1884
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864–1901
  • Messalina
    Messalina, 1900–1901
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864–1901

Pages

73 items