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Gerhard and Marianne Pinkus papers

 Collection
Identifier: 6122

Content Description

The papers of Gerhard and Marianne Pinkus, 1859-1999 (bulk 1920s-1970s) document the art collecting activites of the Pinkuses, and their and their respective families' emigre experiences to the United States and South America. Included are correspondences and financial documents regarding the purchase of various works of art, primarily those of Marc Chagall; letters, photographs, and official documents from both Marianne and Gerhard's childhoods and emigrations from Germany; and letters, photographs and official documents of various members of the Epstein (Marianne's family) and Pinkus families, including emigration documentation.

Dates

  • 1859-2005
  • Majority of material found in 1920s-1970s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical note

Gerhard and Marianne Pinkus emigrated from Germany to Los Angeles in the 1930s and were married in Santa Monica in 1943. After establishing themselves as local business owners (they owned a furniture store), Gerhard began to collect art. He established relationships with collectors and gallery owners in Los Angeles and, gradually, throughout North America and Europe. After accumulating a small collection of choice (and sometimes rare) finds, Gerhard and Marianne became a major force in the Los Angeles art world, especially in regard to their primary interest: Marc Chagall. Gerhard and Marianne Pinkus were largely responsible for bringing Chagall’s work to Los Angeles. In 1972, Gerhard collaborated with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to exhibit Chagall’s early sketches. Gerhard worked doggedly to assemble a comprehensive exhibition of Chagall’s drawings (up to 1930) from his own collection and through loans from private collections all over the world. Though they focused mainly on Chagall, the Pinkuses collected drawings, lithographs, and paintings by many other artists from various periods, with some emphasis on German Expressionism. In addition to Chagall’s drawings, the Pinkus collection included works by Ernst Kirchner, Rico Lebrun, Gasparo Lopez, Theodore Chasseriau, Edouard Manet, Eugene Delacroix, Conrad Felixmuller, Paul Klee, Gerald Brockhurst, Eugene Carriere, Franz Marc, Charles Meryon, Henry Fantin-Latour, Christian Anton Laely, and Henri Matisse.

[Adapted from Laurel Schmuck, "Student Workers Reflect: Pinkus Papers," August 16, 2016, https://libraries.usc.edu/article/student-workers-reflect-pinkus-papers]

Extent

13.27 Linear Feet (23 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Gerhard and Marianne Pinkus emigrated from Germany to Los Angeles in the 1930s and began to collect art in the 1940s. After accumulating a small collection of choice (and sometimes rare) finds, Gerhard and Marianne became a major force in the Los Angeles art world, especially in regard to their primary interest: Marc Chagall. Though they focused mainly on Chagall, the Pinkuses collected drawings, lithographs, and paintings by many other artists from various periods, with some emphasis on German Expressionism. In addition to Chagall’s drawings, the Pinkus collection included works by Ernst Kirchner, Rico Lebrun, Gasparo Lopez, Theodore Chasseriau, Edouard Manet, Eugene Delacroix, Conrad Felixmuller, Paul Klee, Gerald Brockhurst, Eugene Carriere, Franz Marc, Charles Meryon, Henry Fantin-Latour, Christian Anton Laely, and Henri Matisse. The papers of Gerhard and Marianne Pinkus, 1859-1999 (bulk 1920s-1970s) document their art collecting activites, as well as their and their respective families' emigre experiences to the United States and South America.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gerhard and Marianne Pinkus Administrative Trust, July 18, 2016.

Title
Finding aid for the Gerhard and Marianne Pinkus papers
Status
Completed
Author
Laurel Schmuck, Alyssa Beckner and Sue Luftschein
Date
2017 September
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States