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Browne, Byron, 1907-1961  Search this
Bengelsdorf, Rosalind  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
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Physical Description:
2.1 Linear feet
This collection is arranged in 6 series: Series 1: Biographical Materials, Biographical Materials, 1960-1973 (0.4 Linear feet: Box 1, OV 4, FC03, FC04) Series 2: Correspondence,1952-1979 (0.7 Linear feet: Box 1) Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1930-1977 (0.3 Linear feet: Box 1) Series 4: Printed Materials, 1920-1979 (0.3 Linear feet: Box 2, OV 6) Series 5: Photographic Materials, 1920-1979 (0.2 Linear feet: Boxes 2-3) Series 6: Artwork, 1930-1969 (0.2 Linear feet: Box 3, OV 5)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The Byron Browne papers measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1920-1979 and document the life and work of Byron Browne through biographical materials, correspondence, personal business records, printed materials, photographic materials, and artwork.
Byron Browne papers, 1920-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reels 97 and NBB 1-NBB 2 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Use Note:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Rosalind Bengelsdorf conducted by Irving Sandler in 1968 and the Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne papers. The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels 97 and NBB 1-NBB 2) including correspondence, clippings, receipts, contracts, sketches and descriptions related to mural commissions. Loaned materials were returned to the donor and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Biography Note:
Byron Browne (1907-1961) was born in Yonkers, New York on June 26, 1907, as George Byron Browne and was a painter, sculptor, and educator in New York City. He helped found the American Abstract Artists, an organization centered in New York that was devoted to exhibiting abstract art, with his wife Rosalind Bengelsdorf and Balcomb Greene in 1935. Browne specialized in still life in the Synthetic Cubism style and was influenced by his friends John Graham, Arshile Gorky, and Willem de Kooning. By the 1950s Browne migrated to creating more romantic imagery. Browne started his early career as an academic artist and won numerous awards at the National Academy including the Third Hallgarten Prize for still-life composition. His career consisted of creating murals under the Works Progress Administration for the Chronic Disease Hospital and the 1939 New York World's Fair. He also taught painting at the Art Students League of New York from 1948 to 1959 and went on to then teach at New York University. A survivor of the Great Depression, Browne would continue to struggle to sell art beyond the 1930s, when his most notable work was created. Browne's work is represented at over eighty permanent art museum collections. Browne died on December 25, 1961, in New York City at age 54.
Language Note:
English .
Papers were lent for microfilming in 1963 and 1978 by Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art, Abstract  Search this
Cubism  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
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Archives of American Art