Paul J. Sachs

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Paul Sachs (1878 - 1965) was Harvard associate director of the Fogg Art Museum, a partner in the financial firm Goldman Sachs and the developer of one of the early museum studies courses in the United States.


Sachs was the eldest son of Samuel Sachs and Louisa Goldman Sachs, the father having been a partner of the investment firm Goldman Sachs and his mother, the daughter of the firm's founder Marcus Goldman. The younger Sachs attended the School for Boys and Collegiate Institution before graduating from Harvard University in 1900. As a student, Sachs collected prints and drawings with fellow classmate Edward W. Forbes (q.v.).

After graduating, Sachs went to work in the family business, becoming a partner in 1904. He married Meta Pollak. When Forbes succeeded Charles H. Moore (q.v.) as the director of the William Hayes Fogg Art Museum in 1909, Forbes looked around for a competent person to be his assistant director.

Sachs had been making donations to the Fogg since 1911, then only a small art collection consisting mostly of Italian primitives. In 1912 Sachs was appointed to the museum's Visiting Committee. In 1914 he persuaded Sachs to leave his investment business to become assistant curator, despite Sachs having no curatorial background. Sachs spent that summer in Italy, seeing as much as he could before his arrival at Harvard in the autumn of 1915.

Sachs' first lectures in art history occurred in 1916-17 at Wellesley College where he had been appointed...
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