The avant-garde sculptor Elie Nadelman (1882-1946) is widely recognized for his elegant, modernist works. Less familiar is the pioneering folk art collection he established with his wife, an impressive trove of some 15,000 objects that was purchased by the New-York Historical Society in 1937. Influenced by the “peasant arts” of his native Poland and other European countries, Nadelman began collecting after immigrating to New York City in 1914. There he met and married the wealthy and cosmopolitan Viola Spiess
Leadership support for The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman provided by the
Henry Luce Foundation.
Generous support also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Greater Hudson Heritage Network, American Folk Art Society, and Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.