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Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig, 1880-1938

Collection Creator:
Rosenblum, Walter, 1919-2006  Search this
Extent:
12 photographs
Container:
Binder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Photos
photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Researcher may use study prints on file in the Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Advance appointments are required. Original negatives are stored off-site in cold storage and are not accessible to the public.
Collection Rights:
Copyright to photographs from the Walter Rosenblum Collection is held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Requests for permission to reproduce photographs from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Photograph Archives. Certain works of art, as well as photographs of those works of art, may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity rights, or other interests not owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is the applicant's responsibility to ascertain whether any such rights exist, and to obtain any other permission necessary to reproduce and publish the image.
Collection Citation:
Walter Rosenblum Collection, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Walter Rosenblum photographs
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-saam-photo-ros-ref334

Mountains and Livestock [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Peter Deitsch Gallery  Search this
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Animal--Cattle  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002485
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_131937

Mountain Landscape [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Peter Deitsch Gallery  Search this
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0003978
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133424

Still Life with Flowers and Bowl [graphic arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Peter Deitsch Gallery  Search this
Still Life  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0004003
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133449

Group of Nudes Among Trees [graphic arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Peter Deitsch Gallery  Search this
Figure group--Nude  Search this
Landscape--Tree  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0004013
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133459

Two Women [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1911-1912/ 1922
Topic:
New Gallery  Search this
Figure group--Female--Full length  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0004361
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133797

Woman in Green Blouse [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1913
Topic:
New Gallery  Search this
Figure female--Waist length  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0004409
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133845

Lutzow Riverbank in the Morning [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Lutzow-Ufer am Morgen [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1929
Topic:
New Gallery  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Landscape--Time--Morning  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0004226
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133672

Lutzow Riverbank in the Morning [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Lutzow-Ufer am Morgen [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1929
Topic:
New Gallery  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Landscape--Time--Morning  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0004272
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133718

Kummeralp Mountain and Two Sheds [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Kummeralperg und zwei Stalle [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1920
Topic:
New Gallery  Search this
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--Shed  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0004331
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133767

Couple under Japanese Umbrella [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Paar unter Japanschirm [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1913
Topic:
New Gallery  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Umbrella  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0004378
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133814

Erich Heckel and Otto Mueller Playing Chess II [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Erich Heckel und Otto Mueller beim Schach II [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Subject:
Heckel, Erich  Search this
Mueller, Otto  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1913
Topic:
New Gallery  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Chess  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0004403
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133839

Hockey Players [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Eishockeyspieler [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1934
Topic:
E. V. Thaw & Co., Inc  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Skating  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0005497
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_134923

World House Galleries records

Creator:
World House Galleries  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc.  Search this
Colgate University  Search this
Parke-Bernet Galleries  Search this
Parsons School of Design  Search this
Sotheby's (Firm)  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-  Search this
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig, 1880-1938  Search this
Klee, Paul, 1879-1940  Search this
Mayer, Herbert, 1908-1991  Search this
Morandi, Giorgio, 1890-1964  Search this
Extent:
9.8 Linear feet (11 boxes, 1 OV)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1927-1991
bulk 1953-1980
Summary:
The records of New York City World House Galleries measure 9.8 linear feet and date from 1927 to 1991, with the bulk of them dating from 1953 to 1980. The collection documents the gallery's general business affairs, sales, and relationships with artists from 1953-1968, and later gifts and sales by founder entrepreneur and art collector Herbert Mayer. Artists for which files are found include Jean Dubuffet, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee and Georgio Morandi, among many others. Additional records include correspondence, inventory records, sales and purchase records, records of gifts and auctions, and shipping and consignment records.
Scope and Contents:
The records of New York City World House Galleries measure 9.8 linear feet and date from 1927 to 1991, with the bulk of the records dating from 1953 to 1980. The collection documents the gallery's general business affairs, sales, and relationships with artists from 1953-1968, and later gifts and sales by founder entrepreneur and art collector Herbert Mayer. Artists for which files are found include Jean Dubuffet, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee and Georgio Morandi, among many others. Additional records include correspondence, inventory records, sales and purchase records, records of gifts and auctions, and shipping and consignment records.

Correspondence is somewhat scattered and concerns administrative matters and business with galleries, collectors, museums, and a few artists.

Artist files contain a variety of documents, such as correspondence, artist statements and resumes, sales records, printed materials, and photographs about artists who were either represented by World House Galleries or in whom the gallery was interested. Artists for which files are found include Jean Dubuffet, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee and Georgio Morandi, among many others.

Inventory records include art inventory lists and notes, provenance documentation, and consignment records. Also found are financial records of sales and of purchases made abroad and within the United States.

Documents about Herbert Mayer's donations to Colgate University and other organizations and institutions, including the Art Students League and Parsons School of Design are in the Gifts series. These records include correspondence, printed materials, and copies of agreements and forms.

Auction records are found for sales through Christie's, Sotheby's and Parke-Bernet auction houses of World House Galleries art inventory, and Herbert Mayer's personal art collection. This series contains photographs of art, auction catalogs, correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials.

Shipping files contain documents such as statements, customs forms, and correspondence about shipments of art from around the world, mostly from Europe, to World House Galleries.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1962-1987 (0.8 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Artist Files, 1927-1991 (4.6 linear feet; Box 1-6, 11, OV 12)

Series 3: Inventory Records, 1953-1986 (0.6 linear feet; Box 6)

Series 4: Sales & Purchases, 1956-1987 (0.4 linear feet; Box 6-7)

Series 5: Gifts, 1970-1987 (0.6 linear feet; Box 7, 11, OV 12)

Series 6: Auctions, 1956-1959, 1968-1988 (1.4 linear feet; Box 7-9, 11)

Series 7: Shipping Statements, 1958, 1968-1986 (1.4 linear feet; Box 9-10)
Biographical / Historical:
World House Galleries was founded by Herbert Mayer, Sr. in 1953 in New York City. The gallery operated until 1968, representing an eclectic group of artists from around the world.

Herbert Mayer (circa 1911-1993) was a lawyer, businessman and owner of the World House Galleries in New York City. He attended Colgate University in Hamilton, New York where he majored in English and graduated in 1929. After graduation, he traveled through Europe with Colgate English Professor Russell Speirs and the four months he spent in Paris studying art at the Louvre was a formative experience for Mayer. He went on to attend law school at the University of Wisconsin. He was lawyer in New York until the early 1940s, then began selling television sets which were more familiar to the U.S. public after the 1939 World's Fair. In 1944, Mayer stopped practicing law and became a television magnate. He founded the Empire Coil Company, which manufactured radiofrequency coils for television sets and stations. From 1949 through 1952, Mayer launched television stations in Cleveland, Ohio; Portland, Oregon; and Kansas City, Missouri.

In 1953, Mayer bid farewell to the world of television and founded the World House Galleries. The gallery was located on Madison Avenue in New York City's Carlyle Hotel, occupying a total of 6,900 square feet on two floors. Architect Frederick Kiesler was commissioned to design the space. Mayer's goal was to attract a wider audience to contemporary international art and, in his words, "express the thinking and feeling of contemporary artists everywhere — wherever unusual talent is discovered." Mayer worked closely with Colgate Professor Alfred Krakusin, who became the gallery advisor, and the two frequently traveled together in search of new art. On his trips abroad, Mayer also purchased art for his personal collection.

World House Galleries represented an eclectic group of European artists such as Jean Dubuffet, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee and Georgio Morandi in addition to lesser known artists. World House Galleries exhibitions included art for sale within the gallery, as well as art loaned from private collections and museums. The gallery represented an eclectic group of artists from Austria, France, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden. Mayer and Krakusin also collaborated on Sculptura, a business which created bronze casts of statues and plaques to be sold at the gallery.

World House Galleries had strong ties with Colgate University and Mayer arranged numerous exhibitions at his alma mater between 1956 and 1962. The exhibitions were held in the basement of Lawrence Hall and showcased art from World House Galleries and Mayer's personal collection. In 1958, Mayer donated the first of many gifts of art to Colgate University. His largest gift of almost 2000 paintings, sculptures, and drawings occurred in 1967 and became the core collection for what is now known as Colgate's Picker Art Gallery.

After World House Galleries closed in 1968 Herbert Mayer continued to sell art through auction houses and galleries as well as make donations to Colgate and various other organizations through the 1980s. In early 1971, Mayer contacted Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. to arrange an auction of artwork from his personal collection. The bulk of his collection was sold through Parke-Bernet in 1984.

Mayer died in 1991, survived by his wife, Bet, and their five children. Through exhibitions which showcased art from different countries, World House Galleries exposed the New York art world to a more diverse vision of international modernism.
Provenance:
The World House Galleries records were donated in 2002 by Herbert Mayer, Jr., son of gallery founder Herbert Mayer.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The World House Galleries records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
World House Galleries records, 1927-1991, bulk 1953-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.worlhoug
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World House Galleries records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-worlhoug
Additional Online Media:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner : Ausstellung ; Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Graphik, Plastik

Author:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Galerie Roman Norbert Ketterer  Search this
Subject:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Physical description:
168 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
[c1980]
Call number:
N6888.K45.A4.1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635396

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Author:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Subject:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1994
C1994
Call number:
N6888.K45 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640653

E. L. Kirchner. [Katalogbearbeitung: Wenzel Nachbaur]

Author:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Nachbaur, Wenzel  Search this
Subject:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Physical description:
119 p. illus. (part col.) 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
[1963]
Call number:
N6888.K45 N3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641059

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner : Zeichnungen, Aquarelle, Pastelle aus einer Privatsammlung

Author:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Subject:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
[1993]
Call number:
N6888.K45 A4 1993c
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642257

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner : Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik, Schwarz auf Weiss

Author:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Galleria Henze  Search this
Subject:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : all ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
Call number:
NC1145.K45 A4 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_647411

E.L. Kirchner : Brücke / [Katalogbearbeitung, Wenzel Nachbaur]

Author:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Ketterer, Roman Norbert  Search this
Subject:
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig 1880-1938  Search this
Physical description:
133 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1964
[1964]
Call number:
N6888.K45.A4.1964
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_656566

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