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Helen Boyd Keen papers, 1936-1986

Creator:
Keen, Helen Boyd, b. 1899-
Subject:
Corvin, Eduard
Dinesen, Isak
Ford, John Charles
Hallsten, Pehr
Johnstone, Mildred T.
Morgan, Barbara Brooks
Nicholson, Ben
Ross, Nancy Wilson
Starcke, Walter
Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro
Tobey, Mark
Vytlacil, Vaclav
Annie Wright School
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1.4 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
Letters, writings, a sketchbook, a scrapbook, art work and printed material relating to Keen and to her teacher, painter Mark Tobey.
Included are letters received; files on artists, friends, and others, containing letters, printed material and photographs, 1948-1978, including Tobey (41 letters, 1938-1969), Mario Bambagini, Phyllis Cummins, Frederick Dockstader, Jonathan Gibson, Colin Graham, Mildred Johnstone, Mary Kennedy, Sally Lewis, Dr. E.A. Lowe, Barbara Morgan, Ben Nicholson, Nancy Wilson Ross, Walter Starcke, Lynne Thompson, and Vaclav Vytlacil; two notebooks kept by Keen regarding her lessons under Tobey, 1936-1945; Keen's essays "The Lesson Days," 1976, and "Searchings," 1977; Tobey's notes on his approach to painting, undated; a sketchbbook, 1947, containing sketches, notes on Keen's Art Students League calligraphy class, and writings by Eduard Corvin, Isak Dinesen, and D.T. Suzuki;
a scrapbook containing reviews of Keen's work, exhibition announcements, and photographs of Keen, her friends, and an installation; photographs of Tobey, his home in Switzerland, and of work by Tobey and by Keen; and printed material, including exhibition announcments and catalogs, clippings, brochures, and reproductions regarding Tobey, Keen, and the Annie Wright School, Tacoma, Wash.
Citation:
Helen Boyd Keen papers, 1936-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Painter; New York, N.Y. Keen received her early schooling at the Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Wash., where her father was a trustee for over twenty years. Beginning in the mid-1930s, she studied under Mark Tobey for ten years, and at the Art Students League under Corbino, Hale, and Vytlacil.
Provenance:
Donated 1975-1984 by Helen Boyd Keen.
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
WAAND
Lives of American Artists
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Painters
Painting, American
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Women painters
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7691
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209855
AAA_collcode_keenhele
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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