About the Pearlman Collection

Recent Exhibitions

A Deeper Look

Major works from the collection are on exhibit at the

Paper archives relating to the collection are housed at the

Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Princeton University Art Museum published a comprehensive scholarly catalogue of the collection in April, 2014, including new research, essays on the artists, works and collection; and a re-publication of Henry Pearlman's "Reminiscences of a Collector." Distributed by Yale University Press, it is available at Amazon and sold retail by each venue that hosted the touring exhibition "Cézanne and the Modern:"

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK

Musee Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, USA



"As a collector, Henry Pearlman was guided by his enjoyment. He remained true to his discovery that art is meant to be lived with, and that to those who give it their love it returns a full measure of joy."

- John Rewald, 1959


About the Foundation

The mission of the Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation is to broaden the public reach and deepen the personal experience of art while conserving the original works in its collection for future audiences.

About the Collection

Henry Pearlman (1895-1974), was a lifelong resident of New York City and primary collector of post-impressionist artwork. In 1919 he founded his own company, Eastern Cold Storage, and, in 1925, he married Rose Fried. He began purchasing avant-garde art in 1945 with a Chaim Soutine landscape, triggering a passion for collecting that endured for the rest of his life. He loved the thrill of the hunt and uncovering hidden masterworks, learning about the social bonds among artists and the aesthetic influences they had on one another.

Over three decades, Pearlman acquired works by Soutine, Modigliani, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet, Matisse, and Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as lesser-known artists with modernist visions. In the early 1950s, Pearlman began collecting Cézanne watercolors. These paintings would become the cornerstone of his collection and today form one of the most exceptional groupings of the artist's work in this medium. Pearlman died in 1974, and Rose managed the collection until her death in 1994. From the mid-1970s, the Pearlman Collection has been on loan to the Princeton University Art Museum, where it is seen and studied by visitors, scholars and students.

About the Website

With this website, the directors of the Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation hope to provide an engaging self-guided exploration of the collection. Exposing works of art to those who cannot view them in person, the site also attempts ways of organizing and viewing art that would be challenging, or impossible, even with such a visit. It is our hope that new learning opportunities will result from removing some of the obstacles - geography, space limitations, environmental risks, politics of ownership - that have historically defined public accessibility to art.

Many thanks to Bruce White for his photography of the collection and to Allison Unruh for writing the artist biographies.

- Daniel Edelman, President