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Vladimir Visson Papers, 1946-1986

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BAR Ms Coll/Visson
Bib ID 4078450 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Visson, Vladimir, 1904-1976
Title Vladimir Visson Papers, 1946-1986
Physical Description 1050 items (5 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) English .

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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.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Vladimir Visson Papers, Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Lynn Visson (Vladimir Visson's daughter) 1988.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed ejs D-B-Coll-14 04/--/88.

Revision Description

07/16/2020 PDF finding aid converted to EAD and AS record updated by KSD. Bio note written by Tanya Chebotarev.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art, French Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Auchincloss, Louis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bernays, Edward L., 1891-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gunther, John, 1901-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Impressionism (Art) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ozenfant, Amédée, 1886-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, David, 1915-2017 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speicher, Eugene Edward, 1883-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tarkovskiĭ, Andreĭ Arsenʹevich, 1932-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wildenstein and Company (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zeeland, Paul van, 1893-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

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.