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Eugene Berman papers

Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Names:
Berman, Leonid, 1896-1976  Search this
Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991  Search this
Ray, Man, 1890-1976  Search this
Photographer:
Galdi, Vincenzo  Search this
Gloeden, Wilhelm von, Baron, 1856-1931  Search this
Extent:
6.7 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sketches
Postcards
Notes
Place:
Italy -- Description and travel, Photographs
Mexico -- Description and travel, Photographs
Date:
1926-1975
Summary:
The papers of painter and theatrical set designer Eugene Berman date from 1926-1975 and measure 6.7 linear feet. Found within the papers are scattered letters, primarily postcards, from various colleagues including Juliet and Man Ray and Berman's brother Leonid. There are also notes, scattered artwork, printed material, and extensive photographs, many of Mexico.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter and theatrical set designer Eugene Berman date from 1926-1975 and measure 6.7 linear feet. Found within the papers are scattered letters, primarily postcards, from various colleagues including Juliet and Man Ray and Berman's brother Leonid. There are also notes, scattered artwork, printed material, and extensive photographs, many of Mexico.

Notes include a booklet of photocopies of notes in Italian conerning miscellaneous art work, including prices. There are also scattered notes in French concerning miscellaneous topics.

Art work consists of miscellaneous sketches, primarily on the reverse sides of postcards, depicting human figures and architectural details, sometimes annotated in Russian and Italian.

Printed material includes clippings concerning Eugene and Leonid Berman's art work, exhibition announcements and catalogs, reproductions of art work by Berman, picture postcards, a ballet program, and a guide book for Grado, Italy.

Photographs comprise the largest series in this collection. Photographs of Eugene Berman include two by Russell Lynes. Photographs are also of Berman's wife, Ona Munson, unidentified colleagues, exhibition installations, art work executed by Berman between 1937 and 1948, and miscellaneous photographs of Italy including images by Vincenzo Galdi and Wilhelm von Gloeden. There are ten portfolios of photographs of Mexico, primarily taken by Berman, but Portfolios 1, 6, 9, and 10 include images photographed by Hugo Brehme. There are also commercially produced photographs of various scenes and art work primarily in Italy and Mexico, publicity photographs of ballet and opera performers, and two stereographs of novelty subjects.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: Letters, 1926-1970 (Box 1, 8; 12 folders)

Series 2: Notes, 1944 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 3: Art Work, 1947 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1941-1975 (Box 1, 8; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 5: Photographs, 1933-1956 (Box, 2-9; 4.9 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Eugene Berman (1899-1972) worked in New York City, Los Angeles, California, and Rome, Italy as a Neo-Romantic painter and designer of theatrical sets and costumes for opera and ballet productions.

Eugene Berman was born on November 4, 1899 in St. Petersburg, Russia, the son of Lydia and Gustav Berman, who died when Eugene was seven years old. His stepfather was a wealthy banker who paid for his education in Germany, Switzerland, and France. In 1918, the family fled to Paris to escape the Bolshevik Revolution.

While in Paris, Berman studied at the Academie Ranson from 1920 to 1922, under Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, and FĂ©lix Valloton. With his brother Leonid, Berman joined a group of painters who became known as Neo-Romantics whose paintings were of melancholy dreamlike scenes with mournful figures, defying the prevalent abstract movements in art. By the late 1920s, Berman was beginning to successfully sell his paintings and after meeting American gallery owner Julian Levy, he was offered an exhibition in New York. Berman continued to exhibit at the Julian Levy Gallery from 1929 to 1947.

In 1935, Eugene and Leonid Berman became war refugees and came to New York City. Eugene Berman designed covers for fashionable publications and by 1937, he was painting murals in private residences and designing sets and costumes for opera and ballet performances including those at the Metropolitan Opera.

Berman moved to California in 1938, settling in Los Angeles, and continued to paint murals and design for the theater. He became an American citizen in 1944. Between 1947 and 1949, he received Guggenheim Fellowships to obtain background images from the Southwest United States and Mexico for use in his art work. Berman married actress Ona Munson in 1949.

Two years after his wife's suicide in 1955, Berman moved to Rome, Italy where he continued to paint and design sets for the theater.

Eugene Berman died on December 14, 1972 in Rome, Italy.
Provenance:
The Eugene Berman papers were donated by the artist's sister-in-law, Sylvia Marlowe Berman, in 1978.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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:
Painters -- Italy -- Rome  Search this
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Set Designers  Search this
Graphic artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Postcards
Notes
Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bermeuge
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
12 folders (Box 1, 8)
(Box 1, 8; 12 folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1926-1970
Scope and Contents note:
Scattered letters, consisting primarily of postcards, are from various colleagues including Matta, Juliet and Man Ray, and Berman's brother Leonid.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bermeuge, Series 1
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Notes

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
2 folders (Box 1)
(Box 1; 2 folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1944
Scope and Contents note:
Notes consist of a booklet of photocopies of notes on miscellaneous art work, including prices. There are also scattered notes on miscellaneous topics.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bermeuge, Series 2
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Art Work

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
2 folders (Box 1)
(Box 1; 2 folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1947
Scope and Contents note:
Art work consists of miscellaneous sketches of human figures and architectural details.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bermeuge, Series 3
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Linear Feet (Box 1, 8)
(Box 1, 8; 1.5 linear feet)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1941-1975
Scope and Contents note:
Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, reproductions of art work, picture postcards of scenes and art work found in various countries, and miscellaneous printed material.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bermeuge, Series 4
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
4.9 Linear Feet (Box, 2-9)
(Box, 2-9; 4.9 linear feet)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933-1956
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs are of Eugene Berman (including ones taken by Russell Lynes), his wife, colleagues, exhibition installations, art work, and various travel locations. There are also commercially produced photographs of various scenes and art work primarily in Italy and Mexico, publicity photographs of ballet and opera performers, and stereographs of novelty subjects.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bermeuge, Series 5
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Commercial Photographs of Scenes and Art Work in Mexico

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
(5 folders)
Container:
Box 7, Folder 12-16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933, undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Commercial Photographs of Scenes and Art Work in Russia

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Commercial Photographs of Scenes and Art Work in Spain

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Commercial Photographs of Scenes and Art Work in the United States

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
(4 folders)
Container:
Box 7, Folder 19-22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Miscellaneous Commercial Photographs of Scenes and Art Work in Unidentified Locations

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
(2 folders)
Container:
Box 7, Folder 23-24
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Photographs of Miscellaneous Ballet and Opera Performers

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
(3 folders)
Container:
Box 7, Folder 25-27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1951, undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Stereographs of Novelty Subjects

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Two Oversized Photographs of Eugene Berman by Russell Lynes

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
(from Box 2, Folder 42)
Container:
Box 8, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1935,
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversized Album of Photographs of Art Work

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversized Album of Photographs of Drawings of Mexico

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1947
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversized Cover for Portfolio "Photos of E. B. Paintings,"

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
(from Box 2, Folder 47)
Container:
Box 9, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1948,
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversized Cover for Portfolio 1: Photographs of Mexico

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
(from Box 3, Folder 59)
Container:
Box 9, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated,
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversized Cover for Portfolio 2: "Mexican Photos - Enlargements,"

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Extent:
(from Box 3, Folder 69)
Container:
Box 9, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1947,
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversized Portfolio of Miscellaneous Scenes in Mexico

Collection Creator:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Eugene Berman papers 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.
Collection Citation:
Eugene Berman papers, 1926-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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