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Sullivan, Mary Quinn, 1877-1939

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role Collector Dealer/Gallery
dates 1877-1939
city New York City
other citiesIndianapolis, IN; London; Block Island, RI;
gender F
historical notes Mary Quinn Sullivan, nee Mary Josephine Quinn, was an art collector, dealer and a founding trustee of the Museum of Modern Art.

Together with her husband, Cornelius J Sullivan, she formed a collection of American and European art, and Irish antiquities. Their collection included work by, among others, CĂ©zanne, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Picasso, Derain, Modigliani, Seurat, Picasso, Davies, Rivera, Daumier, Soutine, Rouault, Derain, Redon, Utrillo, Dufy and Demuth.

Her husband died in 1932, and Sullivan sold a portion of their collection at Anderson Galleries in April of 1937. The same year that her husband died, Sullivan opened a gallery on E. 56th St. in New York City which later moved to a space in Lois Shaw's gallery on Park Avenue.

In late 1939 Sullivan consigned work from her collection for auction at Parke-Bernet. She died in Astoria, Queens on the night before the two-night sale (Dec. 6 & 7, 1939).
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The Museum of Modern Art Archives pamphlet file: Sullivan, Mary Quinn : miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art The Dorothy C. Miller Papers, ca. 1930-ca. 1980's, bulk ca. 1942-1969 see details...
The Museum of Modern Art A Conger Goodyear Scrapbooks, 1929-1939. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Early Museum History: Administrative Records. 1930-1950. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art The Museum of Modern Art Oral History Project, 1990-1994. see details...

see also:
Parsons, Betty