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Thannhauser, Justin, 1892-1976

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role Dealer/Gallery Collector
dates 1892–1976
city New York
other citiesMunich; Lucerne; Berlin; Paris; Bern, Switzerland
gender M
historical notes "Justin K. Thannhauser was an art dealer active in Munich, Berlin, Lucerne and Paris. He was the son of Heinrich Thannhauser [1859-1935], who established the family gallery in the spring of 1909 in the Arco Palais on Theatinerstrasse in Munich. Heinrich had been an associate of F.J. Brakl in Munich from 1906. The first exhibitions in Munich were of the impressionist painters, followed by exhibitions including modern artists such as Kandinsky, Braque, Picasso, Roualt, and Vlaminck. During the first world war, the gallery was forced to curtail its activities significantly. After the war, the leadership of the gallery was assumed by Justin Thannhauser. A branch was opened in Lucerne (1919-1937) and later Berlin (1927-1937). The original gallery in Munich remained open until 1928. In 1937, Justin Thannhauser was forced to leave Germany; he established the gallery in Paris later that same year. Again in 1939 Thannhauser had to flee the Nazis; in 1940 he came to New York. Justin Thannhauser had two sons with his first wife Kate [1894-1960], both of whom predeceased him: Heinz [1918-1944] and Michael [1920-1952]. Justin and his second wife Hilde moved to Bern in 1971, where he died in 1976. A portion of Justin Thannhauser's art collection is now in the Guggenheim Museum in New York City."

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The Museum of Modern Art Artist file: Thannhauser, Justin K.; miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
Archives of American Art Caroline Simon correspondence with Justin K. and Hilde Thannhauser, 1974-1981. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Collectors Records, 1929-1987 see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Papers, 1927-1984 see details...
Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Photography Department Guggenheim Image Archive see details...
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives Thomas M. Messer records see details...

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Thannhauser Galleries