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Albert Bloch papers

Creator:
Bloch, Albert  Search this
Names:
Bloch, Anna  Search this
Fehl, Philipp P.  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily, 1866-1944  Search this
Klee, Paul, 1879-1940  Search this
Klinker, Emmy  Search this
Marc, Franz, 1880-1916  Search this
Penney, James, 1910-1982  Search this
Sudlow, Robert  Search this
Extent:
17.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketches
Date:
1873-2014
Summary:
The papers of painter and educator Albert Bloch measure 17.9 linear feet and date from 1873 to 2014. The collection documents his career as an artist and university professor in Lawrence, Kansas, as well as his time in Munich, Germany, as part of the Blue Rider group of German Expressionists. The collection includes biographical material, extensive personal and professional correspondence, writings, personal business records, exhibition files, printed material, photographs, and artwork. Throughout the collection are records maintained by his widow Anna Bloch on the exhibition, sale, and research of Bloch's work after his death.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and educator Albert Bloch measure 17.9 linear feet and date from 1873 to 2014. The collection documents his career as an artist and university professor in Lawrence, Kansas, as well as his time in Munich, Germany, as part of the Blue Rider group of German Expressionists. The collection includes biographical material, extensive personal and professional correspondence, writings, personal business records, exhibition files, printed material, photographs, and artwork. Throughout the collection are records maintained by his widow Anna Bloch on the exhibition, sale, and research of Bloch's work after his death.

Biographical material includes vital records, passports, chronologies, biographical summaries, family history documents, and bibliography files compiled by Anna Bloch. Correspondence is with family, friends, artists, art historians, students, museums, galleries, publishers, magazines, and others, and includes letters of both a personal and professional nature. Of note is Albert Bloch's correspondence with artists Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Emmy Klinker, Franz Marc, Philipp Fehl, and his students James Penney and Robert Sudlow.

Writings include poetry, lectures, essays, notes, and Bloch's translations of the writings of Austrian writer Karl Kraus. Included are many drafts of his book of poetry, Ventures in Verse: Selected Pieces. Also found are love notes between Albert and Anna Bloch. Writings by others include a few notebooks and loose notes by Anna Bloch, essays and lectures about Bloch's artwork, and poetry.

Personal business records include lists of artworks, price lists, sales records, and ownership records, and more recent records concerning artwork conservation; agreements, and consignment records with art galleries and dealers; and artwork shipping records, all maintained by Anna Bloch. Exhibition files are not comprehensive, and primarily document retrospective exhibitions of Bloch's artwork occurring after his death. Of note are records, including a scrapbook, for a 1997 retrospective at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Printed material includes exhibition publications, news clippings, magazines, journals, and photocopies of Bloch's work for The Mirror. Photographs depict Bloch in his home, studio, and with family and friends. Also found are many photographs of family and friends, artwork by Bloch, Blue Rider exhibition photographs taken by artist Gabriele Münter, and two photograph album "Record Books" that contain annotated photographs of his painting during the period that he lived in Germany. A small amount of artwork includes sketches by Bloch.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1873-1990s (0.4 Linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1912-2013 (6.2 Linear feet; Boxes 1-7)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1920s-1990s (3.9 Linear feet; Boxes 7-11)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1914-2014 (0.6 Linear feet; Box 11)

Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1939-2000 (0.7 Linear feet; Box 12, 19)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1911-2006 (2 Linear feet; Boxes 12-14)

Series 7: Photographic Materials, circa 1882-2013 (4.1 Linear feet; Boxes 14-21)

Series 8: Artwork, circa 1930s-1950s (0.2 Linear feet; Box 17)
Biographical / Historical:
Albert Bloch (1882-1961) was a painter and educator in Lawrence, Kansas. From 1909 to 1921, he lived and worked in Germany, where he was associated with Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) group of European modernists.

Bloch was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and as a teenager attended the St. Louis School of Fine Arts. From 1905 to 1913, he contributed numerous caricatures, cartoons, covers, and articles to the satirical newspaper The Mirror. In 1905, he married Hortense Altheimer and they lived briefly in New York City before moving to the artists' district in Munich, Germany, thanks to the financial support of William Reedy, editor of The Mirror. By 1911 Bloch had befriended prominent members of the Neue Kunstlervereinigung Munchen (NKVM), including Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. He joined them when they later seceded from the NKVM group to form Der Blaue Reiter. Bloch exhibited six paintings in the group's first exhibition in 1911-1912. Over the next few years, Bloch exhibited his works regularly, most notably at Der Sturm Gallery. He and his family remained in Germany throughout World War I, returning to the US in 1921.

Bloch worked briefly at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, and in 1923, settled in Lawrence, Kansas, accepting a faculty position at the University of Kansas. During this period he did not regularly exhibit his work and focused on teaching and writing. He corresponded with Austrian writer Karl Kraus, editor of Die Fackel, and began to translate Kraus' works into English. In the early 1930s, Bloch met Anna Francis at the University of Kansas and later she lived with the Bloch family, including Hortense and two sons, Bernard and Walter. After the death of his wife Hortense, Alfred married Anna in 1951. 1947, Bloch suffered a heart attack and retired from the University of Kansas. That same year a book of his poetry, Ventures in Verse: Selected Pieces, was published.

Bloch continued to paint and had a large retrospective of his work in 1955 at the University of Kansas Museum of Art. He died in December 1961 after a long illness.
Related Materials:
The Albert Bloch, the American Blue Rider Exhibition records, 1994-1997, are available at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2015 by the Albert Bloch Foundation via Scott Heffley, president. Additonal letters from Anna Bloch donated 2017 by David Strauss, Albert Bloch's cousin.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Rights:
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.
Occupation:
Educators -- Kansas -- Lawrence  Search this
Painters -- Kansas -- Lawrence  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Expressionism (Art)  Search this
Blaue Reiter (Group of artists)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketches
Citation:
Albert Bloch papers, 1873-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.blocalbe
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Albert Bloch papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-blocalbe

The Mirror, Caricatures and Cartoons (Photocopies)

Collection Creator:
Bloch, Albert  Search this
Container:
Box 14, Folder 1-2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1990s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bloch papers, 1873-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Albert Bloch papers
Albert Bloch papers / Series 6: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-blocalbe-ref258

Oral history interview with Ad Reinhardt, circa 1964

Interviewee:
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Interviewer:
Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington),, 1920-  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12891
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213746
AAA_collcode_reinha64
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213746
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Cartoon from August 1979 Report of the Task Force on Hispanic American Arts

Creator:
Diaz de Villegas, Jose Luis  Search this
Diaz de Villegas, Jose Luis  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1979
Topic:
Hispanic American art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)20009
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Tomás Ybarra-Frausto research material, 1965-2004
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_20009
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pencil drawing for comicstrip Hank

Creator:
Waugh, Coulton, 1896-1973  Search this
Waugh, Coulton, 1896-1973  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1945-1946
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16540
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Coulton Waugh and Waugh Family papers, 1751-1974, bulk 1838-1974
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16540
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Charles White cartoon in Congress View

Creator:
White, Charles, 1918-1979  Search this
White, Charles, 1918-1979  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1946 March
Topic:
Political cartoons  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18718
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Charles W. White papers, 1933-1987, bulk 1960s-1970s
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18718

Trash Treasury or Trashury

Creator:
Wheeler, Charles V. (Charles Van Cise), 1866-  Search this
Wheeler, Charles V. (Charles Van Cise), 1866-  Search this
Type:
Albums
Date:
192-
Topic:
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Obituaries  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Travel  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19785
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Charles van Cise Wheeler papers, 1920-[ca. 1935]
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19785

Transcript of interview with Robert E. Smith

Creator:
Smith, Robert E., 1927-2010  Search this
Volkersz, Willem, 1939-  Search this
Smith, Robert E., 1927-2010  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Date:
1985 September 23
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)22701
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Willem Volkersz interviews, 1975-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_22701

Les metamorphoses du jour, pl. 8

Creator:
Grandville, J. J., 1803-1847  Search this
Grandville, J. J., 1803-1847  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1829
Topic:
Animals  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10177
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Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10177

Les metamorphoses du jour, no. 40

Creator:
Grandville, J. J., 1803-1847  Search this
Grandville, J. J., 1803-1847  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1829
Topic:
Animals  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10178
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Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10178

Frank and Ieda Hanley Christmas card to Louis Lozowick

Creator:
Hanley, Francis Joseph, 1913-  Search this
Lozowick, Louis, 1892-1973  Search this
Hanley, Francis Joseph, 1913-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1929
Topic:
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10685
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Louis Lozowick papers, 1898-1974
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10685
Online Media:

Proof print for Ballyhoo magazine crossword puzzle

Creator:
Lamarque, Abril, 1904-1999  Search this
Lamarque, Abril, 1904-1999  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
193-
Topic:
Caricatures  Search this
Celebrities  Search this
Politicians  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10732
See more items in:
Abril Lamarque papers, 1883-2001, bulk 1904-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10732

Dorothy & Irwin Hoffman Christmas card

Creator:
Hoffman, Irwin D., 1901-1989  Search this
Hoffman, Irwin D., 1901-1989  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1949
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11208
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Milch Gallery records, 1911-1995
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11208
Online Media:

Flyer for Horace Brodzky exhibition

Creator:
Frueh, Alfred Joseph, 1880-1968  Search this
Frueh, Alfred Joseph, 1880-1968  Search this
Subject:
Brodzky, Horace  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
not after 1918 April 8
Topic:
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12363
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Walt Kuhn Family papers and Armory Show records, 1859-1984, bulk 1900-1949
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12363

Bill Haendel Christmas card to Ray Gloeckler

Creator:
Haendel, Bill  Search this
Gloeckler, Raymond, 1928-  Search this
Haendel, Bill  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
2004
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12384
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Raymond Gloeckler papers, 1952-2008
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12384
Online Media:

Arthur Weindorf holiday card to Adelaide Morris Gardner

Creator:
Weindorf, Arthur  Search this
Gardner, Adelaide Morris, 1898-1983  Search this
Weindorf, Arthur  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1929
Topic:
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13306
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Fred and Adelaide Morris Gardner papers, 1916-1978
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13306

Harrison Cady Christmas card to Eric Hudson

Creator:
Cady, Harrison, 1877-1970  Search this
Hudson, Eric, 1864-1932  Search this
Cady, Harrison, 1877-1970  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Animals  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13318
See more items in:
Eric Hudson and Hudson family papers, 1900-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13318

Catalogue of the Society of American Fakirs: der lustiger Fakirs seventeenth annual soul kiss

Creator:
Society of American Fakirs  Search this
Society of American Fakirs  Search this
Subject:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1908
Topic:
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13755
See more items in:
Catalogue of the Society of American Fakirs, 1891-1914?
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13755

President Gerald Ford letter to Pat Oliphant

Creator:
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006  Search this
Oliphant, Pat, 1935-  Search this
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
199-?
Topic:
Cartoonists  Search this
Presidents  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14941
See more items in:
Susan Conway Gallery records, circa 1928
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14941
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Exhibition announcement for Seven Presidents: the art of Oliphant

Creator:
Albuquerque Museum  Search this
Albuquerque Museum  Search this
Subject:
Bush, George  Search this
Carter, Jimmy  Search this
Clinton, Bill  Search this
Ford, Gerald R.  Search this
Johnson, Lyndon Baines  Search this
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous)  Search this
Reagan, Ronald  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1996
Topic:
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Presidents  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14942
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Susan Conway Gallery records, circa 1928
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14942
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