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Dorothy Varian papers, circa 1902-1984

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Creator:
Varian, Dorothy, 1895-1985
Subject:
Bacon, Peggy
Brook, Alexander
Karfiol, Bernard
Klienert, Herminie
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo
Marshall, Lenore
Peirce, Waldo
Schmidt, Katherine
Schulte, Antoinette E.
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2.3 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Summary:
The papers of painter Dorothy Varian date from circa 1902 to 1984 and measure 2.3 linear feet. This collection documents Varian's life primarily through scattered biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, artists, and art galleries; personal business records; a few writings; exhibition catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material; photographs of Varian, her friends, including Peggy Bacon, Alex Brook, Bernard Karfiol, and Yauso Kuniyoshi, and artwork; and original sketches by Varian and fellow artist Peggy Bacon.
Varian's earliest correspondence is with her mother and her cousin Jessie, detailing her life as an artist in Paris. Also found is extensive correspondence with with Peggy Bacon, Hermine Kleinert, Lenore G. Marshall, Waldo Pierce, Katherine Schmidt, Antoinette Schulte, and the Renoir family.
Citation:
Dorothy Varian papers, circa 1902-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Portions of the collection are available on microfilm reels 797 and 833 at the Archives of American Art offices, and thorugh interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the current arrangement of this collection does not match the microfilm arrangement.
Related Materials:
Also found in this repository is an interview of Dorothy Varian conducted 1980 Dec. 6-7, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art.
Biography Note:
Dorothy Varian (1895-1985) was a painter in New York City, and Woodstock, NY.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in installments by Dorothy Varian in 1972, 1978, and 1981. An additonal installment was donated in 1986 by the Dorothy Varian estate, via Robert Plate.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Painters
Painting, Modern
Photographs
Sketches
Women painters
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9258
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211453
AAA_collcode_varidoro
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
WAAND
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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