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Pearlman, Henry, 1895-

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dates 1895-1974
city New York City
stateNY
gender M
historical notes Collector of impressionist and post-impressionist art, businessman, and president of Eastern Cold Storage Insulation Corporation.

Henry Pearlman (1895-1974), a lifelong resident of New York City, rose through the ranks of the business world to found his own company, Eastern Cold Storage, in 1919.

In 1925, Henry married Rose. Pearlman began buying some paintings of a sort he found "decorative, but neither provocative or moving." In 1943, he purchased a landscape by Chaim Soutine, the first piece in what would become a noted collection of Post-Impressionist works.

Over the next three decades, Pearlman acquired numerous works by such well-known artists as Soutine, Modigliani, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet, Matisse, and Toulouse-Lautrec in addition to those of lesser-known artists. In the early 1950's, Pearlman began collecting Cezanne watercolors. These paintings would become the cornerstone of his collection and would be exhibited around the world. Pearlman died in 1974, leaving his wife, Rose to manage his collection until her death in 1994. From the mid-1970's, the Pearlman Collection has been on long-term loan to the Art Museum of Princeton.

The Pearlmans founded the Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation in the 1950's. Much of the Pearlmans' artwork is now officially owned by the Foundation.

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1950-1960
1960-1970
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Archives of American Art Henry and Rose Pearlman papers, 1893-1995 (bulk 1950-1980). see details...
The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives Records, Exhibition negatives: installations. 38 Post-Impressionist Works from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pearlman. 1964. see details...
The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives Records, Exhibition views: installations. Paintings, Watercolors, Sculpture and Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pearlman. 1974. see details...

see also:
Pearlman, Rose, 1901-