Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
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 papers of painter and gallery owner Elenore Lust measure 0.9 linear feet and date from circa 1940 to 1991, with the bulk of the material dating from 1943-1949. Four scrapbooks containing letters, photographs and printed material, annotated by Lust, document her career as a painter, teacher, and owner of the Norlyst Gallery. Also found are items related to Piet Mondrian, including two letters from Mondrian to Lust.
Elenore Lust papers, circa 1940-1991, bulk 1943-1949. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection is available on 35mm microfilm reel 4706 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing of this collection received support from the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative.
Elenore Lust (1909-1997) was an art dealer, gallery owner, and painter in New York City, New York and Mount Holly, New Jersey. Lust studied painting at the Art Students League and opened the Norlyst Gallery at 59 West 56th Street, New York, in partnership with Jimmy Ernst in March 1943. Ernst left the business after several years and Lust continued to operate the gallery until 1949, when she closed its doors to pursue other interests. Lust later opened the Norlist (new spelling) Art Studio in Mount Holly, New Jersey.
Elenore Lust donated her papers to the Archives of American Art in 1988 and 1991.
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