blank Considered the "dean of antiquities" among New York art dealers, Dikran Kelekian was largely responsible for forming the Coptic, Early Christian, and Classical collections of Henry Walters (later founder of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore) and the Gothic collection of financier and Metropolitan Museum of Art president George Blumenthal. This image represented one of twenty portraits of Kelekian that appeared in a 1944 Durand-Ruel Gallery exhibition honoring the dealer. Born in modern-day Turkey, Kelekian began his career in Constantinople, opened a gallery in Paris in 1891, and moved to New York shortly after the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. He was equally well known as an early champion of modern art—collecting and promoting such artists as Henri Matisse, André Derain, and Pablo Picasso by 1900.

Arnold Newman (born 1918)
Gelatin silver print, circa 1944
Published October 15, 1944
Arnold Newman

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