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Rattner, Abraham, 1893-1978  Search this
Gentle, Esther, 1900-1992  Search this
Hirsch, Joseph  Search this
Gonzalez, Xavier  Search this
Dehn, Adolf Arthur  Search this
Miró, Joan  Search this
Ruvolo, Feliz  Search this
Hélion, Jean  Search this
Kronberg, Louis  Search this
Leepa, Allen  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
Weller, Allen Stuart  Search this
Hiler, Hilaire  Search this
Coates, Robert M. (Robert Myron),  Search this
Griffin, John Howard  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William  Search this
Hirsch, Stefan  Search this
Malcolm, Thalia Westcott  Search this
Carton, Norman  Search this
Gwathmey, Robert  Search this
Davis, Stuart  Search this
Poor, Henry Varnum  Search this
Biddle, George  Search this
Stark, Jack Gage  Search this
Peake, Channing  Search this
Ludgin, Earle  Search this
Miller, Henry  Search this
Boyle, Kay  Search this
Bedwell, Bettina  Search this
Burlin, Paul  Search this
Dos Passos, John  Search this
Hall, William Weeks  Search this
Nordfeldt, Bror Julius Olsson  Search this
Guthrie, Ramon  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault  Search this
De Rochemont, Richard  Search this
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Kennedy Galleries  Search this
Paul Rosenberg & Co  Search this
Esther Gentle Reproductions  Search this
Works of art
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Physical Description:
26.3 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Abraham Rattner's papers provide insight into an important time for twentieth century American art and culture. By studying Rattner's papers, the researcher may view the beginnings of Modernism, the cultural change that pushed the boundaries of artistic and literary traditions and provided new ways in which to express ourselves.
Abraham Rattner and Esther Gentle papers, 1891-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The bulk of the collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 5258-5279 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing and microfilming were made possible by a grant from the Judith Rothschild Foundation.
Related Materials:
Loaned material, including notebooks, writings, and some correspondence, were returned to Abraham Rattner after microfilming. This material is now part of the Abraham Rattner notes collection at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College. Loaned material is available on reels D203-D205, D205A-D205B, and reel 1212, but is not described in this finding aid.
Biography Note:
Abraham Rattner (1893-1978) was a painter, mosaicist, and stained glass artist from Paris, France and New York, N.Y. Studied art and architecture at George Washington University, the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1917, he enlisted in the U.S. Army camouflage section. Married first wife, Bettina Bedwell, in 1924. Was a member of the Minotaure group, along with Picasso, Miro, Giacometti, Le Corbusier, Braque, Dali, and Reverdy. Rattner and his wife fled Europe in 1939 following the Nazi invasion of France. He married second wife Esther Gentle (1900-1992) in 1949. Rattner died of heart failure on February 14, 1978.
The collection was given to the Archives of American Art in stages by Abraham Rattner 1972-1983, by Esther Gentle 1986-1987, and by Gene Allen in 1992. The donated material that was previously filmed has been integrated and refilmed includes reels D203 and D205C-D205D. The material found on reels D205A-D205B was loaned by Rattner and the material found on reel 1212 was loaned by his sister, Jennie Allen.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Record number:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art