Duveen: The Story of the Most Spectacular Art Dealer of All Time

A startling number of masterpieces now in American museums are there because of the shrewdness of one man, Joseph Duveen, art dealer to John D Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, and William Randolph Hearst In a series of articles originally published in The New Yorker, playwright S.N Behrman evokes the larger than life Duveen and reveals the wheeling and dealA startling number of masterpieces now in American museums are there because of the shrewdness of one man, Joseph Duveen, art dealer to John D Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, and William Randolph Hearst In a series of articles originally published in The New Yorker, playwright S.N Behrman evokes the larger than life Duveen and reveals the wheeling and dealing, subterfuge, and spirited drama behind the sale of nearly but not quite priceless Rembrandts, Vermeers, Turners, and Bellinis.
Duveen The Story of the Most Spectacular Art Dealer of All Time A startling number of masterpieces now in American museums are there because of the shrewdness of one man Joseph Duveen art dealer to John D Rockefeller Andrew Mellon Henry Clay Frick and William

  • Title: Duveen: The Story of the Most Spectacular Art Dealer of All Time
  • Author: S.N. Behrman Glenn Lowry
  • ISBN: 9781892145178
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Duveen: The Story of the Most Spectacular Art Dealer of All Time”

    1. I'm already missing the time i spent reading about this generous person. I feel richer from this reading. Curious, witty, genius are some words i'd used to describe Duveen. The book is very well organised and brings colorful details of a life that seemed to be only amazing!!!

    2. I picked this up at a used book store because the name rang a bell in connection with Isabella Stewart Gardner. I was fascinated to learn that, in Duveen's word, Mrs. Gardner was a lightweight art collector. This is one of the most fascinating books I've ever picked up - written in the early 50s, this biography tells the story of the man who single-handedly "transformed America's taste in art." Based on the simple observation that Europe has a lot of art, and America has a lot of money, he bough [...]

    3. A gem of a short period-piece bio about the greatest pre-war art dealer in the world. Sparkles with name-dropping and wit.

    4. Absolutely loved this book. I knew nothing of Joe Duveen and he is portrayed brilliantly in this biography. If you have even a fleeting interest in art, art collections, art collectors, and museums, this engaging book is a must-read. Highly recommend.

    5. Elegantly written New Yorker profile, an account of the art dealer who realized that Europeans had fine collections of art but needed cash, while American millionaires would pay good money for art that would give them class and that they they could leave as their legacy. He carefully groomed his buyers and made sure they understood he was the only dealer who could get them the finest works. I grew up going to the Huntington Library in San Marino so I especially enjoyed the account of how Duveen [...]

    6. Joe Duveen'in yaşam öyküsüyle birlikte ilerleyen kitap, Amerika'daki sanat koleksiyonerliğinin gelişimi hakkında bilgiler sunuyor. Duveen'in Londra, Paris gibi topladığı eserleri Amerika'ya getirip satış işine New York'taki amcasının dükkanında başlamıştır. Duveen'in sanat piyasalarıyla oynaması, eseri ortaya çıkaran ressamın veya heykeltraşın isminin yanısıra o eserin Duveen eseri olup olmaması bile o eserin satışında ne kadar etkili olduğunu göstermektedir. [...]

    7. Clifton Fadiman and Edmund Wilson provided the blurbs on the back of this, so I was a little disappointed by the hagiographic treatment of the robber barons. Still it was worth reading; the twisted path that the works of the great masters followed to get to this country casts a different tint on museums. It almost makes me resent them for the noblesse oblige. Though I guess I'd still take the National Gallery's association with tycoons over the louvre's association with french imperialism.

    8. A very enjoyable read. Duveen was the art dealer of choice to all the major industrial titans of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, including Mellon, Kress, Rockefeller, Morgan, Frick, Altman etc which provides the reader with a great view of how and why these men of great wealth decided to (or were convinced by Duveen to) acquire large collections of art. It is particularly enjoyable as a New Yorker as most of these men lived in Manhattan and the book is littered with references t [...]

    9. This is the biography of one of the most influential art dealers in the history of Americans Museums. This man single handily, with a "little" help of such magnates as the Mellons and Fords and Rockefeller, brought the Grand Masters to the US. The National Gallery in Washington DC would not be the Museum it now is with out Duveen. A hateful, lovable brilliant character, is not a creation of an author's imagination, but a larger than life, real person. A fantastic, biography.

    10. I read about this book in the New Yorker, and it definitely reads like a long New Yorker article. A lot of wonderful anecdotes about this incredible character, not really bothered with chronology or any other type of sequence. Really pleasant read.

    11. A gem of a book about a subject I'd never have picked-the history of the business of selling great art in the early 20th century. Delightfully written, amusing and fascinating. Such fun that whenever I come across a copy I pick it up to give to someone.

    12. O poveste adevarata despre colectionarii de arta bogati ai Americii inceputului de secol XX si dealerul care le-a deschis gustul catre pictura europeana, Joseph Duveen, spusa de si in stilul unui reporter american.

    13. Amazing insight into how and why the big collectors bought what they did (and for how much!- the numbers still seem astronomical).

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