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Galka Scheyer papers, 1917-1945

Creator:
Scheyer, Galka E., 1889-1945
Subject:
Archipenko, Alexander
Arp, Jean
De Chirico, Giorgio
Duchamp, Marcel
Feininger, Julia
Feininger, Lyonel
Jawlensky, Alexej von
Kandinsky, Wassily
Klee, Paul
Le Corbusier
Léger, Fernand
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig
Moholy-Nagy, László
Rivera, Diego
Schmidt-Rottluff, Karl
Schoenberg, Arnold
Schwitters, Kurt
Segal, Arthur
Tamayo, Rufino
Varèse, Edgard
Weber, Max
Weston, Edward
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
ca. 1200 items (on 5 partial microfilm reels)
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Summary:
Papers relate mainly to the Blue Four and contain primarily correspondence; also business materials, photographs, essays, and printed materials.
REEL 1644: Correspondence with Lyonel Feininger and his wife Julia, mainly concerning personal matters, contemporary events in Europe and America, and Scheyer's efforts to establish the Blue Four's reputation on the west coast. Many letters are illustrated with Feininger block cuts.
REEL 1854: Letters from Feininger, Alexei Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee; typescripts of letters to members of the Blue Four; import declarations; a shipping invoice; a consular certificate for paintings; and price lists of works of art.
REEL 1905: Correpsondence documenting Scheyer's friendship with various artists associated with the Blue Four and her efforts to exhibit and sell their work. Important correpsondents include: Alexander Archipenko, Hans Arp, Giorgio de Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, Le Corbusier, Fernand Leger, Carlos Merida, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Diego Rivera, Arthur Segal, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Schwitters, Rufino Tamayo, Mies van der Rohe, Edgar Varese, Max Weber, and Edward Weston. Also included are miscellaneous photographs, essays, notes, and financial and printed materials.
REEL 2031-2032: Correspondence with Alexei Jawlensky and Wassily Kandinsky, including several illustrated letters; two photographs of interiors; a published article by Kandindsky, "Abstrakte Kunst," ca. 1925-1926; and price lists for works of art by Kandkinsky. Some letters are typescripts.
Citation:
Galka Scheyer papers, 1917-1945. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels 1644, 1854, 1905, and 2031-2032 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals in Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, California.
Loan:
Loan
Biography Note:
Art collector, dealer; b. 1889; d. 1945; Los Angeles, Calif. Scheyer worked to introduce the art of the Blue Four (Blaue Vier), Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, and Alexei Jawlensky, to American collectors.
Language Note:
Many letters are in German.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming by Norton Simon Museum of Art, 1979-1980.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art dealers
Art, Modern
Blaue Vier (Group of artists)
Expressionism (Art)
Painters
Painting, German
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9101
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211295
AAA_collcode_schegalk
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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