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Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979

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Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992
Subject:
Harkavy, Minna
Baron, Herman
Von Wicht, John
Model, Elisabeth D. (Elisabeth Dittmann)
Grosz, George
Knaths, Karl
Ascher, Mary G. (Mary Goldman)
Norman, Maria
Soyer, Raphael
Lozowick, Louis
Kent, Rockwell
Ward, Lynd Kendall
Lawrence, Jacob
Jones, Joe
Fabri, Ralph
Block, Dorothy
Allen, Mary Cecil
Ehrenreich, Emma
Biel, Joseph
Force, Juliana
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)
ACA Galleries
John Reed Club
New York World's Fair
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
7.0 linear feet
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:
Resumes, correspondence, notes, an interview on a phonograph record, art work, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs document Gurr's career as well as that of her husband, Joseph Biel.
Citation:
Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels 8 and 4940-4948 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
Lena Gurr (1897-1992) was a painter and printmaker from Brooklyn, N.Y. Attended the Maxwell Training School for Teachers, 1915-1917, the Educational Alliance Art School, 1919, and studied under John Sloan and Maurice Sterne at the Art Students League, 1920-1922. Gurr also studied in Paris, Nice, and Mentone, France. Her first solo exhibition was in 1932 at the Brooklyn Museum. She married painter and photographer Joseph Biel (1891-1943) on November 24, 1931. Biel was born in Russia and studied in the Russian Academy in Paris, and at the Workman's College, Melbourne, Australia. He also established the first Jewish library in Melbourne. Upon his arrival in the United States, he studied under George Grosz at the Art Students League.
Provenance:
Donated by Lena Gurr, 1966-1979. Material on reels 4940-48 microfilmed in 1994 with funds provided by the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Interviews
Women artists
Painting, American
Photographs
Works of art
Prints
Sketchbooks
Artists' studios
Phonograph records
Printmakers
Photographers
Art, Modern
Christmas cards
Painters
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8997
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211186
AAA_collcode_gurrlena
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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