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titleMarius de Zayas letters sent to Paul B. Haviland, 1915-1918.
repositoryThe Getty Research Institute
descriptionFour letters to the collector Paul B. Haviland, concerning the founding of the Modern Gallery in New York, 1915. The letters furnish information about the purpose for establishing the Gallery; the functions played by collectors such as Haviland, Eugene Meyer (as director and financier for the Gallery) and his wife, Agnes Meyer as consultant; the connections between this branch gallery with Stieglitz’s "291" gallery; and the plans for exhibitions. Included are three additional items: a typescript announcement of the opening of the Modern Gallery in October, 1915 which was to appear in the paper for "291" no. 9; a handwritten copy of a letter from Zayas to Stieglitz addressing the relationship between the two galleries; and a handwritten copy of Stieglitz’ reply with his thoughts on "291."

Biographical or Historical Notes:
Marius de Zayas (1880-1961) was a Mexican draughtsman, caricaturist and art critic. Together with Marcel Duchamp and Stieglitz, he was a member of group "291" and one of the first persons to introduce Picasso to America. As founder of the Modern Gallery, he was mainly interested in exhibiting "negro" art, Mexican idols, photography and artists such as Derain, Picabia, Dove, Marin and Picasso.
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