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You never know how one person can affect the world. An intriguing post, Nancy. We can check out the Neuberger Museum next 'arting. I would like to refer jawahar lal nehru's autobiography. I just finished it and this is really a great book. Hi Nancy, Thank you for writing such a lovely piece about my Grandfather. If you have time, please visit a site I made for him: I always have one or more books in the process of being read. Yes, I was an English major in my first undergrad college so reading has always been a big part of my life.

Now, instead of novels, I have pretty much settled on biographies as my oeuvre of choice. Last week I finished two of them: These probably qualify more as memoirs, but who's looking. They seem a disparate pair of books and, in fact, they were. What both have in common is that they were not written by professional writers, although Patti Smith is known as a poet. Let's just say that brilliant use of language was not their strong suit in either case, although both write directly and convey their thoughts clearly.

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Sorry to disagree with the consensus on Patti Smith's book, but I do. The connection between these books is that both writers relate to art: I would like to comment on both books, but will write separate posts about them. Roy Neuberger at age from the Wall Street Journal blog Roy Neuberger was a well-known art collector who died last December at the incredible age of He was also a Wall Street financier who managed money until the age of , according to Bloomberg. I got the Neuberger book about art collecting because I wanted to know more about the mind of a collector.

I already know art from the maker's side and I've read quite a few about the dealer's side, but what about the person who buys the stuff? I was especially curious to know if a Wall Street kingpin was just in it for the money. Neuberger's book starts off with a very nice dedication that places the emphasis just where it ought to be: This book is dedicated with great affection and respect to the extraordinary, original, passionate artists who have enriched my life beyond measure. The Bio Neuberger was born into a wealthy family but orphaned at age 12 and raised by an older sister in New York City.

He dropped out of college after one semester and went to work in the home decorating department at B. His co-workers there brought him to concerts and art galleries and advised him to study painting because of his aesthetic talent. Unfortunately for him, after a brief period of study, he decided that he had no ability for making art himself although he loved it. Neuberger in at home in his six-room suite at the Pierre Hotel, NY with some of the works he collected.

At age 21 Neuberger used a modest inheritance to move to Paris for four years where he also worked for a decorator and study works of art at the Louvre, religiously visiting the museum three times every week. Later, after reading about the life of Van Gogh, he vowed to buy art in support of living artists. Fortunately for him, he had great talent for making money in the stock market.

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He founded Neuberger and Berman in and then invented the no-load mutual fund in a low-fee mutual fund for middle class investors according to the WSJ. He did well through many cycles of boom and bust and generated plenty of money for his real passion, buying art - mostly directly from artists and galleries, not on the secondary market. Neuberger says that his early self-education at the Louvre showed him that, "Each time you return to a work of art, you observe different things about the composition, the draftsmanship, the placement of figures and objects, the relationship between colors.

It is the confluence of all of these elements, and many others, that evokes an emotional response. Barber Shop by Edward Hopper, collected by Roy Neuberger in and one of the pieces most often requested for exhibition loans In addition to closely examining art, Neuberger also read art criticism, especially four volumes of Bernard Berenson. Phillips showed him that he could mix oeuvres, time periods, styles and American with European art originally a big distinction. Milton Avery, Three Friends , Color in painting was Neuberger's strongest love and Matisse was one of his favorites because of his use of color.

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Milton Avery, whom Neuberger calls "an American Matisse," was another favorite because of his strong color, simplified shapes and interesting compositions. Later Neuberger bought Avery's works in bulk, eventually owning more than of Avery's works, which he either kept for his own collection or gave to museums. Eighty Years in the World of Art, you'll follow this fascinating financial figure and great patron of the arts from the streets of s Paris to the museums of New York as he develops the eye of a connoisseur and begins to collect great contemporary art.


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You'll follow Neuberger as he strives to further the cause of contemporary American artists by exhibiting, lending, and donating from his growing collection, and becoming an activist for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney. You'll also see how the Neuberger Museum of Art was created at the urging of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and how it continues to fascinate art enthusiasts today. Part personal memoir, part history of art, The Passionate Collector offers a unique view of twentieth-century American art from a man who has lived it.

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He has an extraordinary record of success as a savvy investor and businessman, as well as philanthropist and patron of the arts. Permissions Request permission to reuse content from this site. Memories of Paris in the s.


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