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The first purchases for the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection were made in the early 1960s. Today, the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection consists of more than 3,500 paintings, sculptures and works on paper primarily from the contemporary period.

The collection is made up of works owned by the Louis-Dreyfus family and its foundation established with the intention of promoting public awareness of the works represented and to benefit specific educational purposes. Hopefully these works will assist the Harlem Children's Zone in its educational mission.


From William Louis-Dreyfus

I have been asked on what basis the collection was put together, how I made my choices and what aspect of artistic rendition, if any, did the choices favor. The collection (which I started nearly 50 years ago without my knowing it at the time) was guided by looking at the work and finding more there than met  the eye, a discovery, an original accuracy, a pulse though hidden that was hard not to see; and, at the time, finding a price I could afford.