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Emil J. Bisttram papers, 1902-1982

Creator:
Bisttram, Emil, 1895-1976
Subject:
Berninghaus, Oscar E. (Oscar Edmund)
Dows, Olin
Higgins, Victor
Jonson, Raymond
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton
Phillips, Bert Geer
Saarinen, Eero
Ufer, Walter
Public Works of Art Project
Treasury Relief Art Project
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Section of Fine Arts
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
2.3 linear ft. (on 6 microfilm reels)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
Papers relating to work done for the Federal Art Project; business and personal letters; printed material; biographical data; correspondence; and photographs.
REEL 79: Correspondence, memoranda, and other material relating to federal art programs in New Mexico and Arizona. Includes correspondence with Public Works of Art Project administrators about a mural in Taos County Court House done by Bisttram, Bert G. Phillips, and Victor Higgins; memoranda; press releases and reports; catalogs of Treasury Department art projects shown at the Corcoran Gallery; and Federal Art Project dismissals and a proposal for a Bureau of Fine Arts.
REEL 581: Business and personal letters to and from Bisttram, including a letter from Lily and Eero Saarinen, and letters from Raymond Jonson; clippings; 91 catalogs; 22 reproductions of Bisttram's work; newspaper and magazine articles describing the artist colony at Taos and Santa Fe.
REEL 2787: Baptismal and naturalization records; correspondence; a photograph of Bisttram; clippings and printed material.
REELS 2892-2894: Biographical material; one or more letters from Ray Jonson, Stanton Macdonald-Wright; Oscar Berninghaus, Mrs. Walter Ufer, and other artists; correspondence with Olin Dows and others involved in the Treasury Relief Art Project, with galleries, museums, art organizations, and students; writings and notes; the draft for a book about Dynamic Symmetry; drafts for a book The Creative Process in the New Age; sketches and drawings; business, financial, and legal records; exhibition catalogs and announcements; certificates and awards; transcripts of interviews of Bisttram; and photographs of Bisttram and his paintings.
Citation:
Emil J. Bisttram papers, 1902-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels 79, 581, 2787, and 2892-2894 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
REEL 581 (selected papers): Originals returned to lender, Emil J. Bisttram, after microfilming.
Biography Note:
Painter; Taos, N.M. Was an exponent of Dynamic Symmetry, a painting technique.
Provenance:
Papers microfilmed on reel 581were lent for microfilming 1973, and some was subsequently donated with a gift in 1983 (and refilmed on reels 2892-2894).
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
New Deal
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art and state
Art and state
Design
Exhibition catalogs
Federal aid to the arts
Federal aid to the arts
New Deal, 1933-1939
Painters
Painting, Abstract
Proportion (Art)
Sketches
Symmetry
Taos school of art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9018
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211207
AAA_collcode_bistemil
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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