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Creator:
Fein, Sylvia  Search this
Names:
Glasier, Marshall, 1902-  Search this
Huppler, Dudley, 1917-1988  Search this
Priebe, Karl J., 1914-1976  Search this
Wilde, John, 1919-2006  Search this
Extent:
5.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1936-2011
Summary:
The papers of painter and author Sylvia Fein measure 5.9 linear feet and date from 1936 to 2011. The papers primarily document her friendships with other artists from the Wisconsin-based Magic Realist group, including Dudley Huppler, John Wilde, Marshall Glasier, and Karl Priebe, as well as her career as a painter and her work on the books Heidi's Horse and First Drawings: Genesis of Visual Thinking. Documentation consists of scattered biographical material, extensive correspondence, project files, writings by Huppler and others, printed material, photographs, artwork by Wilde and Glasier, and scrapbooks.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter and author Sylvia Fein measure 5.9 linear feet and date from 1936 to 2011. The papers primarily document her friendships with other artists from the Wisconsin-based Magic Realist group, including Dudley Huppler, John Wilde, Marshall Glasier, and Karl Priebe, as well as her career as a painter and her work on the books Heidi's Horse and First Drawings: Genesis of Visual Thinking. Documentation consists of scattered biographical material, extensive correspondence, project files, writings by Huppler and others, printed material, photographs, artwork by Wilde and Glasier, and scrapbooks.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1936-2010 (Box 1, 8; 10 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1941-2011 (Box 1-3; 2.3 linear feet) Series 3: Project Files, 1970-2011 (Box 3-4, 8; 1.2 linear feet) Series 4: Writings by Others, circa 1940s-1994 (Box 4; 4 folders) Series 5: Printed Material, 1941-2010 (Box 4-5; 0.7 linear feet) Series 6: Photographs, circa 1940-2000 (Box 5; 0.2 linear feet) Series 7: Artwork, 1941-1947 (Box 5; 3 folders) Series 8: Scrapbooks, circa 1940-2010 (Box 5-7; 0.8 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Sylvia Fein (1919- ) is a painter and author in Martinez, California. She is part of the Magic Realist Group of artists that originated at the University of Wisconsin. Fein was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and from 1938 to 1942 she studied art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While there she became friends with fellow artists Marshall Glasier, John Wilde, Dudley Huppler, and Karl Priebe. In 1942 she married William Scheuber and briefly had a factory job in Milwaukee testing switches for naval planes. From 1944 to 1947 Fein lived and traveled throughout Mexico. Much of the work produced during this period was included in a solo exhibition of her paintings at the Perls Galleries in 1946. She and her husband then moved to northern California and had a daughter, Heidi. During the 1950s and 1960s, Fein continued to paint in her home studio. In 1973 Fein decided to take a break from painting and published two books, Heidi's Horse (1976) and First Drawings: Genesis of Visual Thinking (1993). These works were greatly inspired by her friendship with art educator and researcher, Henry Shaefer-Simmern. In 2003 she resumed painting. She was featured in the group show, "With Friends: Six Magic Realists, 1940-1965" at the University of Wisconsin in 2005 and in a solo retrospective at the Bakersfield Art Museum in 2007. From 1970 to 2000 Fein was also active in the community of Pleasant Hill, California, as a member of several public services commissions.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2011 by Sylvia Fein.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
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Occupation:
Painters -- California  Search this
Painters -- Wisconsin -- Madison  Search this
Topic:
Magic realism (Art)  Search this
Women artists -- California  Search this
Women artists -- Wisconsin  Search this
Authors -- Wisconsin  Search this
Authors -- California  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Sylvia Fein papers, 1936-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.feinsylv
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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