American Artists, Authors, and Collectors

The Walter Pach Letters 1906-1958

Edited by Bennard B. Perlman

Subjects: Art
Paperback : 9780791452943, 423 pages, March 2003
Hardcover : 9780791452936, 423 pages, May 2002

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations

The Letters:


Walter C. Arensberg

The Armory Show: Frederic C. Torrey

Bernard Berenson

Van Wyck Brooks

Bryson Burroughs

Arthur B. Davies

Katherine Dreier

Marcel Duchamp

Susan Macdowell Eakins

Arthur Burdett Frost Jr.

Childe Hassam

Robert Henri

Fiske Kimball

Alice Klauber

Lewis Mumford

Duncan Phillips

Maurice Prendergast

John Quinn

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

Albert Pinkham Ryder

Paul J. Sachs

Morton L. Schamberg

Charles Sheeler

John Sloan

Michael Stein

Alfred Stieglitz

J. Alden Weir



Offers a behind-the-scenes look at a significant era in the development and emergence of modern American art.


Sharing for the first time the life-long correspondence between Walter Pach—artist, author, art critic, art consultant, teacher, museum lecturer—and many of the most influential members of the literary and art worlds of his day, this book reveals Pach to be one of the unsung heroes who promoted European and American modern art during the first half of the twentieth century.

Bennard B. Perlman is former Professor and Chair of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the Baltimore City Community College and has lectured extensively on American art. He is the author of many books, including The Lives, Loves, and Art of Arthur B. Davies, also published by SUNY Press, and The Immortal Eight: American Painting from Eakins to the Armory Show, 1870–1913.


"This book augments an expanding arena of primary and secondary source material and critical studies in the fields of American art and culture. With the fairly recent passing of the generations of figures represented in twentieth-century American art and culture, documentation is crucial in establishing historical records that go beyond folklore and hearsay. " — Jeanette M. Toohey, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

"Walter Pach was a significant figure in American art during the first part of this century, an important developmental time not only for American art but for international art as well. Pach is not generally well known except among scholars of this period, so these letters will be revealing to many as they demonstrate his influence as a critic, writer, advocate, and artist. " — Judith Hansen O'Toole, Westmoreland Museum of American Art