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Elisabeth D. Model papers, 1939-1976

Creator:
Model, Elisabeth D (Elisabeth Dittmann) 1897-1993  Search this
Subject:
Hesse, Hermann 1877-1962  Search this
Moore, Henry 1898-1986  Search this
Gurr, Lena 1897-1992  Search this
Physical description:
0.7 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)
Type:
Interviews
Collection descriptions
Sound recordings
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1939
1939-1976
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives  Search this
Nazis  Search this
Jewish artists  Search this
Local number:
AAA N/69-40
AAA 2323
AAA 4866
AAA
AAA modeelis
Restrictions & Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information
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Archives of American Art
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Elisabeth D. Model papers

Creator:
Model, Elisabeth D. (Elisabeth Dittmann), 1897-1993  Search this
Names:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Hesse, Hermann, 1877-1962  Search this
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986  Search this
Extent:
0.7 Linear feet ((on 3 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1939-1976
Scope and Contents:
Reminiscences, letters, a scrapbook, interviews, printed material, and photographs document Model's career as a sculptor, and her friendship with German author Hermann Hesse.
REEL N69/40: A scrapbook, 1946-1968, contains 2 biographical accounts, several letters from colleagues, 1955-1967, exhibition catalogs, clippings, 2 award certificates from the Brooklyn Society of Artists, 35 photographs of works of art and one photograph of Model.
REEL 2323: Two biographical accounts; letters, 1939-1976, primarily from family members and colleagues, including a thank you note from Henry Moore; a file on Hermann Hesse, 1946-1962, including letters from Hesse, a photograph of him, and booklets written by him; a phonograph record (digitized) and 10 p. radio transcript from "Art Review", 1951, from an interview of Model and Lena Gurr conducted by Peter Lipman-Wulf; 12 exhibition catalogs, 1940-1976; a clipping, 1951; a photograph of Model, 1960; and 64 photographs of art works and gallery installations.
REEL 4866: A 96 p. manuscript by Model, "Memories of Persons and Places," describes the people and events of her early life. The cover is decorated with collage and drawings and a photograph of sculpture "The Mother"; a 46 p. typescript by Model, "For My Grandchildren--In Memorium--Max Model," recounts her family's escape from the Nazis; 5 clippings, 1964-1969; 2 brochures advertising Model's sculpture "Family Group"; and an audiocassette interview of Model conducted by Dwight Cooke for "Art and the World," CBS Radio, 1951.
UNFILMED Interview of artists Elisabeth Model and Lena Gurr conducted by Peter Lipman-Wulf on 16" transcription disc.
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor; New York, N.Y. Born in Bayreuth, Bavaria, Model studied sculpture in Munich under Professors Thor and Cericioli, in Amsterdam at the Rijksakademie under Professor Jurgens, and in Paris under Moissi Kogan. Model, her husband, Max, and their children fled the Netherlands during World War II and moved to New York City in 1941.
Provenance:
Donated by Elisabeth Model, 1977 and 1989. Microfilmed 1994 with funding provided by the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Goldie-Anna Charitable Trust, the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, and the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Nazis  Search this
Jewish artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.modeelis
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f52a887e-8e96-432b-adf6-86333c57a47c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-modeelis

Lena Gurr holiday card to Jacob Kainen

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Kainen, Jacob, 1909-2001  Search this
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Landscapes  Search this
Winter  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11841
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Jacob Kainen papers, 1905-2009, bulk 1940-2001
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Archives of American Art
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Lena Gurr holiday card to Ralph Fabri

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Fabri, Ralph, 1894-1975  Search this
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Animals  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Relief prints  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11851
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Ralph Fabri papers, circa 1870s-1975, bulk 1918-1975
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Archives of American Art
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Lena Gurr photograph album pages

Photographer:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Subject:
Biel, Joseph  Search this
Gurr, Lena  Search this
Lozowick, Adele  Search this
Lozowick, Louis  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1914-1939
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13104
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Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Lena Gurr holiday card to Ralph Fabri

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Fabri, Ralph, 1894-1975  Search this
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
not after 1975
Topic:
Relief prints  Search this
Sports  Search this
Winter  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13334
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Ralph Fabri papers, circa 1870s-1975, bulk 1918-1975
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Sketch of cherry tree, horse chestnut tree, and lilac

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1913
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)20786
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Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979
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Archives of American Art
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Watercolor sketch of bee balm

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1913
Topic:
Flowers (plants)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)20791
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Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Watercolor sketch of clover

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1913
Topic:
Flowers (plants)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)20792
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Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979
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Archives of American Art
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Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Subject:
Model, Elisabeth D. (Elisabeth Dittmann)  Search this
Lozowick, Louis  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
Kent, Rockwell  Search this
Jones, Joe  Search this
Ward, Lynd  Search this
Von Wicht, John  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Norman, Maria  Search this
Ehrenreich, Emma  Search this
Block, Dorothy  Search this
Biel, Joseph  Search this
Baron, Herman  Search this
Harkavy, Minna  Search this
Grosz, George  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Fabri, Ralph  Search this
Ascher, Mary G. (Mary Goldman)  Search this
Allen, Mary Cecil  Search this
Knaths, Karl  Search this
John Reed Club  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
ACA Galleries  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Prints
Interviews
Christmas cards
Sketchbooks
Phonograph records
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Painting, American -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8997
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211186
AAA_collcode_gurrlena
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211186
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Mary Mintz Koffler papers

Creator:
Koffler, Mary Mintz, 1906-1985  Search this
Names:
Adler, Samuel, 1898-  Search this
Fabri, Ralph, 1894-1975  Search this
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991  Search this
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1935-1983
Scope and Contents:
A resume, 1977; business and personal letters, undated and 1935-1982, from George L. K. Morris, Lena Gurr, Ralph Fabri and others; photographs, 1939-1983, of Koffler, Samuel Adler, Leon Kroll, and Chaim Gross, and of Koffler's paintings; undated notes (mostly names and addresses); loose scrapbook pages, containing clippings and exhibition announcements; certificates and awards,undated and 1964-1977; and financial records, 1965-1972, consisting mostly of receipts.
Also included are 3 identification tags from exhibited paintings; a legal agreement, 1954, with the Artists Equity Association; and printed material consisting of exhibition announcements, undated and 1964-1968, exhibition catalogs, 1937-1967, clippings, 1963-1971, and miscellany.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter.
Provenance:
Donated 1977 and 1984 by Mary Mintz Koffler.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.koffmary
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-koffmary

Lena Gurr papers

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Names:
ACA Galleries  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
John Reed Club  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940)  Search this
Allen, Mary Cecil, 1893-1962  Search this
Ascher, Mary G. (Mary Goldman), b. 1900  Search this
Baron, Herman, 1892-1961  Search this
Biel, Joseph, 1891-1943  Search this
Block, Dorothy, 1904-1984  Search this
Ehrenreich, Emma, 1906-  Search this
Fabri, Ralph, 1894-1975  Search this
Force, Juliana, 1876-1948  Search this
Grosz, George, 1893-1959  Search this
Harkavy, Minna, b. 1895  Search this
Jones, Joe, 1909-1963  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000  Search this
Lozowick, Louis, 1892-1973  Search this
Model, Elisabeth D. (Elisabeth Dittmann), 1897-1993  Search this
Norman, Maria  Search this
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987  Search this
Von Wicht, John, 1888-1970  Search this
Ward, Lynd, 1905-1985  Search this
Extent:
7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Photographs
Christmas cards
Interviews
Phonograph records
Sketchbooks
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
Date:
1908-1979
Summary:
The Lena Gurr (1897-1992) papers date from 1908 to 1979 and measure 7.0 linear feet. Gurr was a painter and printmaker who studied under John sloan and Maurice Sterne at the Art Students League between 1920-1922. She also studied in France and married painter and photographer Joseph Biel in 1931. The papers document both Gurr and Biel's careers through correspondence, notes, art work, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs. The collection offers researchers a valuable resource for studying the New York art community of the pre-war era.
Scope and Content Note:
The Lena Gurr papers date from 1908 to 1979 and measure 7.0 linear feet. The collection presents a good overview of Gurr's career as a painter and printmaker, and her relationship with her husband, painter Joseph Biel. Through biographical material, correspondence, notes, an interview with Lena Gurr, original artwork by Gurr and others, scrapbooks, printed material, photographs of Gurr, family, and friends, and photographs of artwork by Gurr and others, the collection offers researchers a valuable resource for studying the New York art community of the pre-war era.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eight series. Material within each series is arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1968, undated (box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1921-1979, undated (boxes 1-4; 3.1 linear ft.)

Series 3: Notes, 1926-1972 (box 4; 4 folders)

Series 4: Interview, 1950 (box 4; 1 folder)

Series 5: Artwork, circa 1908-1951 (box 4; 36 folders)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1912-1948 (boxes 4-5, 8-11; 1.45 linear ft.)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1926-1978 (box 5; 21 folders)

Series 8: Photographs, 1912-1978 (boxes 5-7; 1.05 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Born October 27, 1897, in Brooklyn, New York, Lena Gurr was the daughter of Hyman and Ida (Gorodnick) Gurr. She attended the Maxwell Training School for Teachers from 1915 to 1917, then turned her energies toward art. She studied painting and printmaking at the Educational Alliance Art School in 1919, and at the Art Students League (1920-1922), where she was a student of John Sloan and Maurice Stern. She also studied art in Paris, Nice, and Mentone, France. Her first solo exhibition was in 1932 at the Brooklyn Museum.

On November 24, 1931, Gurr married painter and photographer Joseph Biel. He was born October 27, 1891 in Russia, studied at the Russian Academy in Paris, and at the Workman's College, Melbourne, Australia. He also established the first Jewish Library in Melbourne. Upon his arrival in the United States, he studied under George Grosz at the Art Students League. Biel died in April 1943 of a heart ailment.
Provenance:
The Lena Gurr papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Lena Gurr from 1966 to 1979.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Rights:
The Lena Gurr 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.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Artists' studios -- France -- Paris -- Photographs  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting, American -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Prints
Photographs
Christmas cards
Interviews
Phonograph records
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gurrlena
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Photographs of Gurr (and Biel) at 71 Remsen Avenue, Brooklyn

Collection Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1950
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Lena Gurr 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:
Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lena Gurr papers
Lena Gurr papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-gurrlena-ref100

Self-portrait photographs of Joseph Biel

Collection Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 3-4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Lena Gurr 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:
Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lena Gurr papers
Lena Gurr papers / Series 8: Photographs
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Archives of American Art
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Photographs of Biel's gravesite

Collection Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1944
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Lena Gurr 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:
Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lena Gurr papers
Lena Gurr papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Photographs of George Grosz by Joseph Biel

Collection Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1932
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Lena Gurr 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:
Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lena Gurr papers
Lena Gurr papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-gurrlena-ref103

Photographs of art-related events

Collection Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 7-8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1937-1977
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Lena Gurr 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:
Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lena Gurr papers
Lena Gurr papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-gurrlena-ref104

Photographs by Joseph Biel of source material for art work

Collection Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 9-14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Lena Gurr 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:
Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lena Gurr papers
Lena Gurr papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-gurrlena-ref105

Photograph album of sculpture by Lena Gurr executed at the Art Students League

Collection Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Lena Gurr 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:
Lena Gurr papers, 1908-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lena Gurr papers
Lena Gurr papers / Series 8: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-gurrlena-ref106

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