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Karl Knaths papers

Creator:
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Names:
Roseberg, Paul and Company  Search this
Einstein, Carl, 1885-1940  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich, 1878-1935  Search this
Mehler, F. A.  Search this
Meierhans, Joseph, b. 1890  Search this
Mocsanyi, Paul  Search this
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985  Search this
Extent:
8.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Paintings
Manuscripts
Prints
Sketches
Transcripts
Date:
1890-1973
bulk 1922-1971
Summary:
The papers of cubist painter Karl Knaths measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1890 to 1973, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1922 to 1971. The collection includes biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, four diaries, 22 notebooks and notes on theoretical color and compositional approaches to painting, published and draft copies of essays on art, miscellaneous printed material, 132 sketchbooks and other artwork.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers of cubist painter Karl Knaths measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1890 to 1973, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1922 to 1971. The collection includes biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, four diaries, 22 notebooks and notes on theoretical color and compositional approaches to painting, published and draft copies of essays on art, miscellaneous printed material, and 132 sketchbooks and additional artwork.

Biographical material consists of a copy of Knaths's curriculum vitae, a press release, and miscellaneous personal financial records.

Correspondence in the collection documents Knaths's relationships with family, friends, and business associates after his move to Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1919. Notable correspondents include Duncan and Marjorie Phillips, artist Joseph Meierhans, and the gallery Paul Rosenberg and Co.

The papers include three of Knaths's personal diaries (1916-1919, 1948) and a diary written by F.A. Mehler in 1890. Additional writings include lecture notes from classes that Knaths both attended and taught; 22 notebooks that explore his interest in articulating a color and compositional theory of painting; loose notes on various artists, projects, and facets of painting; several of his completed essays on art, including "Decorative Material" and "Pictorial Analysis;" and a draft of his unpublished manuscript "Ornament and Glory." Writings by others include 15 lecture transcripts from courses taught by Hans Hofmann during the 1930s, Knaths's translations of essays by Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevitch, and Carl Einstein, and a biographical essay on Karl Knaths by Paul Mocsanyi.

Printed materials in the collection include clippings, exhibition catalogs, and programs related to Knaths's one-man exhibitions and group shows, and the books Syracuse University Centennial Collection of Art (1970) and Karl Knaths: Five Decades of Painting (1973).

The bulk of the collection consists of 132 sketchbooks and additional artwork. Sketchbooks date from the 1920s to the 1970s and document Knaths's early figurative and landscape studies and later explorations of cubist style and compositional experiments with color, line, and form. Additional artwork includes numerous color charts and diagrams that Knaths kept to inform his painting color palette; outlines of compositional works on both graphed and regular paper; loose pencil sketches and pastels of figures, landscapes, and compositional experiments; and finished paintings and prints.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 6 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1950s-1971 (Box 1, 8; 6 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1923-1971 (Box 1; .5 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1890, 1916-1968 (Boxes 1-3, 8, OV 14, OV 19; 2 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1920s-1973 (Box 3, OV 19; 10 folders)

Series 5: Sketchbooks, circa 1920s-1970s (Boxes 3-6, 9-13; 4.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork, circa 1920s-1970s (Box 6, 13, OV 15-18, OV 20-22; 1.8 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Karl Knaths (1891-1971), born Otto G. Knaths, lived and worked in Provincetown, Massachusetts and was known for his cubist style of painting.

Knaths was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in his early twenties. The 1913 Armory Show provided his first major encounter with modernist art styles and the works of Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh. In 1919, Knaths moved to Provincetown and began to explore cubist perspectives in his own work, which drew much of its inspiration from the fishing culture and landscapes of his Cape Cod environs. Intellectually curious and drawn to art theory, Knaths recorded his thoughts on composition rules, color classifications, and the potential intersections between music, space, and color theory in notebooks, notes, and sketchbooks throughout his career.

The patronage of art collector Duncan Phillips led to Knaths's first one-man show at the Phillips Collection in 1929. The following year, he landed a solo show at New York's Daniel Gallery. Knaths joined the Works Progress Administration in 1934 and painted murals and other works for a year and a half. From 1938 to 1950, he also taught painting and art theory during a six week course held at the Phillips Art School, and was a guest lecturer at Black Mountain College, North Carolina (1944) and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (1948). From 1945 to 1971, he was represented by the art gallery Paul Rosenberg and Co. Knaths died in 1971 in his home in Provincetown, at the age of 80.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Archives of American Art holds one oral history interview with Karl Knaths conducted by Dorothy Seckler in 1962; a transcript of a 1968 lecture delivered by Knaths at the Provincetown Art Association in Provincetown, Massachusetts; and a 1955 video recording documenting Knaths's Cape Cod influenced artwork, directed by Jack Calderwood.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel D81) including one sketchbook. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
In 1962, Karl Knaths lent the Archives of American Art a sketchbook and a selection of papers for microfilming. Upon Knath's death in 1972, these papers, excluding the sketchbook, along with additional materials, were willed to the Archives. His executor, Kenneth Desmarais, donated additional material from Knaths's estate in 1977 and 1980.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Cape Cod  Search this
Topic:
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Cubism  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Color in art  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Paintings
Manuscripts
Prints
Sketches
Transcripts
Citation:
Karl Knaths papers, 1890-1973, bulk 1922-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.knatkarp
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9cf903b6a-d529-4267-91e3-c358928a643c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-knatkarp
Online Media:

Monocromos de Malevich al presente ensayos, Barbara Rose [and others] ; obra plástica, Abakanowicz [and others] ; edición de Valeria Varas, Raúl Rispa

Author:
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Varas, Valeria  Search this
Rispa, Raúl  Search this
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
240 pages illustrations 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Expositions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2004
20th century
20e siècle
Topic:
Monochrome art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Art monochrome  Search this
Art  Search this
Artes visuales--Exposiciones  Search this
Monocromos--Exposiciones  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1103896

Kasimir Malevich : Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 6 February-21 March 1976 / [exhibition organized and catalogue compiled by Joop Joosten]

Author:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Karshan, Donald H  Search this
Joosten, Joop M. 1926-  Search this
Amsterdam (Netherlands) Stedelijk Museum  Search this
Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel Kupferstichkabinett  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet (8 p.) : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_911225

Suprematism, 34 drawings / [by] Malevitch ; [translated from the Russian by Thomas G. Winner]

Author:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
[3], 4, [4] p., [34] p. of plates (2 fold.) : chiefly ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
1920
[1976]
Topic:
Suprematism in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.M255x A1 E1976
N40.1.M255xA1 E1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_87801

Kandinsky, Malewitsch, Mondrian : der weisse Abgrund Unendlichkeit / herausgegeben von der Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf ; kuratiert von Marion Ackermann, Isabelle Malz

Curator:
Ackermann, Marion  Search this
Malz, Isabelle 1971-  Search this
Author:
Henderson, Linda Dalrymple 1948-  Search this
Tillberg, Margareta  Search this
Lorenz, Ansgar  Search this
Wijnberg, Louise  Search this
Chavannes, Meta  Search this
Lunk, Jessica  Search this
Quabeck, Nina  Search this
Skaliks, Anne  Search this
Host institution:
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany)  Search this
Subject:
Kandinsky, Wassily 1866-1944  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Mondrian, Piet 1872-1944  Search this
Physical description:
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2014
20th century
19th century
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
ND196.A2 K36 2014
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1047348

Malevich : artist and theoretician / [contributors, Evgeniya Petrova ... et al. ; translated from the Russian by Sharon McKee]

Author:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Petrova, E. A (Evgeniia Andreevna)  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935 Themes, motives  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935 Philosophy  Search this
Physical description:
247 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 35 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
Call number:
N40.1.M255 P4 E1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_456217

Kazimir Malevich, 1878-1935 : National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 16 September 1990-4 November 1990, the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, 28 November 1990-13 January 1991, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 7 February 1991-24 March 1991 / [editor, Jeanne D'Andrea]

Author:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
D'Andrea, Jeanne  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 230 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Russia (Federation)
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Suprematism in art--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.M255 D17 1990
N40.1.M255D17 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_407436

Gouaches & drawings by: Liubov Popova & Kazimir Malevich

Title:
Liubov Popova & Kazimir Malevich
Gouaches and drawings by Liubov Popova & Kazimir Malevich
Author:
Popova, Liubovʹ Sergeevna 1889-1924  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Leonard Hutton Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Popova, Liubovʹ Sergeevna 1889-1924  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
[10] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
[1986?]
Call number:
N6999.P67 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_820225

Kasimir Malewitsch, Werk und Wirkung / herausgegeben von Evelyn Weiss ; mit Beiträgen von Evelyn Weiss ... [et al.] ; sowie unveröffentlichten Manuskripten von Kasimir Malewitsch und einem Interview von Ira Wrubel-Golubkina mit Nikolai Chardschijew

Title:
Malewitsch
Author:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Weiss, Evelyn  Search this
Museum Ludwig  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
271 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
C1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_772559

Mondrian + Malewitsch : in der Mitte der Sammlung = at the centre of the collection / mit einem Essay von Markus Brüderlin

Title:
Mondrian und Malewitsch
Mondrian and Malewitsch
Author:
Mondrian, Piet 1872-1944  Search this
Brüderlin, Markus  Search this
Fondation Beyeler  Search this
Subject:
Mondrian, Piet 1872-1944  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
100 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
Topic:
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_774110

Kasimir Malevich / A. B. Nakov

Author:
Nakov, Andrei B  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Tate Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
47, [1] p. : ill. ; 16 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
Call number:
N40.1.M255 N16
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_351186

Black square : Malevich and the origin of suprematism / Aleksandra Shatskikh ; translated by Marian Schwartz

Author:
Shatskikh, Aleksandra Semenovna  Search this
Translator:
Schwartz, Marian  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 346 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Date:
2012
20th century
Topic:
Suprematism in art  Search this
Art--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1015071

Kazimir Malevich and the Russian avant-garde : featuring selections from the Khardzhiev and Costakis collections : Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 19 October 2013-2 February 2014 / editors, Sophie Tates, Karen Kelly, Bart Rutten, Geurt Imanse ; texts, Linda S. Boersma, Bart Rutten, Aleksandra Shatskikh, Sophie Tates ; translation, Lisa Holden, Lee Mitzman

Artist:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Author:
Tates, Sophie 1977-  Search this
Rutten, Bart  Search this
Boersma, Linda S.  Search this
Shatskikh, Aleksandra Semenovna  Search this
Editor:
Kelly, Karen J. 1964-  Search this
Imanse, Geurt  Search this
Translator:
Holden, Lisa  Search this
Mitzman, Lee K.  Search this
Host institution:
Amsterdam (Netherlands) Stedelijk Museum  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Russia
Date:
2013
Topic:
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)  Search this
Art, Abstract  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1024023

Essays on art, 1915-1933 [by] K.S. Malevich; translated [from the Russian] by Xenia Glowacki-Prus and Arnold McMillin, edited by Troels Andersen

Author:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Andersen, Troels  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. 48 plates, illus., facsims., ports. 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N7445.8.R9 M24 E1969
N7445.8.R9M24 E1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_2004

Kazimir Maljevič : retrospektiva djela iz fundusa ruskog državnog muzeja iz Lenjingrada / [Pisci tekstova, Aleksandar Borovski...[et al.]]

Author:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Borovski, Aleksandar  Search this
Muzej suvremene umjetnosti (Zagreb, Croatia)  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
122 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
[1989]
Call number:
N6999.M34.A4.1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635475

Caravaggio, Gaudnek, Malevich, Picasso : Walter Gaudnek, transfiguration - metamorphosis, spirituelle Wandlung : University of Central Florida, November 9, 1993-January 3, 1994

Title:
Walter Gaudnek, view into time
Walter Gaudnek, transfiguration, metamorphosis, spirituelle Wandlung
Author:
Gaudnek, Walter 1931-  Search this
UCF Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Gaudnek, Walter 1931-  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935 Influence  Search this
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.), port. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
[1993]
Call number:
ND237.G293 A4 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636543

Kasimir Malewitsch (1878-1935) : Werke aus sowjetischen Sammlungen / [herausgegeben von der Städtischen Kunsthalle Düsseldorf ... in Zusammenarbeit mit der Staatlichen Aussenhandelsorganisation der UdSSR in Moskau, Wneschtorgisdat ; Zusammenstellung des Katalogs, Jewgeni Kowtun, Nina Barabanowa ; Übersetzung der beiden einführenden Texte aus dem Russischen, Renate Horlemann]

Author:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Kovtun, E. F (Evgeniĭ Fedorovich)  Search this
Barabanova, Nina Alekseevna  Search this
Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf  Search this
Soviet Union Ministervstvo vneschneĭ torgovli  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
138 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1980
Call number:
N6999.M34 A4 1980a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_643967

Kazimir Malevich : suprematism / [organized by] Matthew Drutt

Author:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Drutt, Matthew  Search this
Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
267 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Suprematism in art  Search this
Art, Russian  Search this
Call number:
N6999.M34 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_705095

Journey into non-objectivity : the graphic work of Kazimir Malevich and other members of the Russian avant-garde : [catalogue of an exhibition held at] Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, January 18-February 24, 1980

Author:
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts  Search this
Bowlt, John E  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Russia
Date:
1980
1980]
20th century
Topic:
Prints, Russian  Search this
Prints--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, Russian  Search this
Call number:
NE675.4 .D14
NE675.4.D14
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_130245

Malewitsch, Suetin, Tschaschnik : 13. Juni bis 31. Juli 1992 / Autor des Kataloges, Wassili Rakitin ; [Redaktion, Krystyna Gmurzynska-Bscher, Chrysanthi Kotrouzinis, Mathias Rastorfer ; Mitarbeit, Annette Mahro]

Author:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Suetin, Nikolaĭ Mikhaĭlovich 1897-1954  Search this
Chashnik, Ilʹia Grigorʹevich 1902-1929  Search this
Gmurzynska, Krystyna  Search this
Kotrouzinis, Ch  Search this
Rastorfer, Mathias  Search this
Mahro, Annette  Search this
Rakitin, Wassilij  Search this
Galerie Gmurzynska  Search this
Subject:
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Suetin, Nikolaĭ Mikhaĭlovich 1897-1954 Exhibitions  Search this
Chashnik, Ilʹia Grigorʹevich 1902-1929 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
311 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Suprematism in art  Search this
Art, Russian  Search this
Call number:
N6988.5.S9.M343.1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642616

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