The collection is arranged into 8 series: Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1930s-1990s (Box 1; 0.25 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1912-1992 (Boxes 1-3; 2.0 linear feet) Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1930s-1992 (Box 3; 0.25 linear feet) Series 4: Writings, 1921-1999 (Boxes 3-4; 1.25 linear feet) Series 5: Artwork, 1920s-1980s (Boxes 4-8, 13-14; 4.3 linear feet) Series 6: Printed Material, 1925-1999 (Boxes 8-10, 14; 2.3 linear feet) Series 7: Photographs, 1910s-1990s (Boxes 10-12, 14; 2.5 linear feet) Series 8: Audio Recording, 1982 (Box 12; 1 folder)
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Use of original papers requires an appointment.
The papers of California painter, writer, and teacher Erle Loran measure 12.6 linear feet and date from 1912 to 1991. Found are biographical materials; two linear feet of personal and professional correspondence; personal business records; writings which include extensive drafts and notes for Loran's book <em>Cezanne's Composition</em>; over 400 items of artwork that include watercolors, drawings, charcoal, and pastel studies; printed materials; photographs of Loran, family, and friends, and artwork; and one audio recording of a lecture by Loran on Cezanne.
Erle Loran papers, 1912-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reel 906 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Getty Foundation.
The Erle Loran 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.
Found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Erle Loran conducted by Herschel Chipp, June 18, 1981, and a 1981 interview with Erle and Clyta Loran in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Interviews With Artists collection. Also found is a letter from Loran to Richard Wattenmaker, 1975. The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel 906) including photographs of artwork by Erle Loran and two clippings of reproductions of Loran's artwork. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
California painter, writer, and teacher Erle Loran was born on October 2, 1905 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended the Minneapolis School of Art and graduated in 1926. That same year, Loran won the Paris Prize from the Chaloner Foundation which enabled him to study in France for the next three years. Here, he immersed himself into the world of Paul Cezanne. He lived for two years in Cézanne's studio, meeting many who knew Cezanne, including painter Emile Bernard, and art dealer Ambroise Vollard. This experience was critical to the development of Loran's artistic vision and his later writings and lectures about Cézanne.
Erle Loran lent the Archives of American Art materials for microfilming and donated papers in 1975. In 1999 Mrs. Ruth Schora-Loran, Loran's widow, donated additional material, including artworks.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001