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This collection is arranged in four series. Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.
Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, drawings and subject files primarily relating to Vladimir Visson's years as exhibitions director of the Wildenstein Gallery. The extensive subject files concern the Hallmark Art Award and exhibitions Visson mounted for the Wildenstein Gallery including shows on Gauguin, Pissarro, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. Also included are Visson's original manuscripts on Russian painters and autobiographical writings. There is correspondence from artists including Eugene Berman, Amédée Ozenfant and Eugene Speicher, and authors such as John Gunther, Paul van Zeeland and Louis Auchincloss.
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Vladimir Visson Papers, Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Lynn Visson (Vladimir Visson's daughter) 1988.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Source of acquisition--Visson, Lynn. Method of acquisition--gift; Date of acquisition--02/05/88. Accession number--B-88-9-14.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Processed ejs D-B-Coll-14 04/--/88.
07/16/2020 PDF finding aid converted to EAD and AS record updated by KSD. Bio note written by Tanya Chebotarev.
History / Biographical Note
Vladimir Visson (1904-1976), American art dealer and curator, was born Vladimir Akivison (Akivisson) in Kiev. His father was a shipping magnate who had made his fortune trading with Denmark and Germany. In 1919, the Akivisons family left Russia and after long journey via several European countries they finally settled down in Paris. Vladimir graduated from Russian gymnasium and studied art history in Sorbonne and politics and economics at the Ecole des Sciences Politiques.
In the early 1930s, he found a job as a film producer working with such stars as Jean Gabin and Danielle Darrieux.
He immigrated to the United States in the early 1940s and became an art dealer in New York. He legally changed his last name to Visson in 1946.
From 1942 until his retirement in 1974, Vladimir Visson was director of exhibitions for the Wildenstein Galleries in New York.
150 exhibitions he organized at Wildenstein's, especially those of the Impressionist and Post‐Impressionist painters, rivaled those of the major museums, and many of the catalogues he produced have become permanent works of reference.
He was a true cosmopolitan, spoke four languages and was admired by his colleagues, clients, and friends.