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Sachs, Arthur

American, 1880 - 1975


Arthur Sachs was an American investment banker who was well known for his art collection and his philanthropy. He was a member of the Harvard class of 1901; in 1929 he established two fellowships at Harvard for the advanced study of the fine arts, and in 1958 he set up a scholarship fund at his alma mater to give French students a chance to study at Harvard and Radcliffe. Sachs also donated toward the restoration of Chartres cathedral, and to the National Gallery of Art, the Fogg Museum, the Morgan Library and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. After retiring from Goldman, Sachs, and Co., Sachs spent much of his time in France, where he lent part of his famous collection to the Louvre. Sachs was a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. He had two daughters, Mrs. Bernard François-Poncet of Paris, and Nadine S. Zimet of Scarsdale, New York, and a son, James Henry Sachs. He died in 1975 in Cannes, France.


Bouchage, Luc. "Louvre to California. Today's Collectors: Arthur Sachs," Art News, 45 (October 1946): 32-35, 74-77.
Howe, Thomas Carr. "The Arthur Sachs Collection." Bulletin of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. 4, no. 7 (November 1946): 59-63.
Obituary, The New York Times, 8 March 1975, 28:4.

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