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Keith Warner papers

Creator:
Warner, Keith, 1895-1959  Search this
Names:
"291" (Gallery)  Search this
American Place (Gallery)  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Dorcely, Roland  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986  Search this
Rosenburg, Paul  Search this
Russell, Morgan, 1886-1953  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Extent:
0.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Illustrated letters
Sketches
Date:
1935-1975
Summary:
The papers of American art collector Keith Warner measure 0.7 linear feet and date from 1935 to 1975. Correspondence, collecting files, and artwork detail Warner's role as a collector of art in the mid-twentieth century. Present in the collection are materials related to Alexander Calder, Roland Dorcely, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Piet Mondrian, Alfred Stieglitz, and Max Weber.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of American art collector Keith Warner measure 0.7 linear feet and date from 1935 to 1975. Correspondence, collecting files, and artwork detail Warner's role as a collector of art in the mid-twentieth century. Present in the collection are materials related to Alexander Calder, Roland Dorcely, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Piet Mondrian, Alfred Stieglitz, and Max Weber.

Warner's relationships with artists are documented in extensive letters which make up the bulk of the collection. Subjects range from exhibitions, the art market, artists' methods and works, art criticism, and collecting to personal subjects. Letters from Roland Dorcely and Alexander Calder include illustrated letters and postcards. Letters from Calder discuss a mix of business and personal matters, including a discussion of the design of jewelry commissioned for Warner's wife, Edna. Letters from Dorcely document Warner's cultivation, criticism, and collection of Dorcely's work, as well as the hardships of Haitian artists and Dorcely's views on art. The letters are in French with some English translations.

Correspondence with Alfred Stieglitz documents his common endeavor with Warner in collecting the paintings of John Marin, and Stieglitz's gallery, An American Place. Letters associated with An American Place continue after Stieglitz's death in 1946. Found with Alfred Stieglitz's letters are two letters from Georgia O'Keeffe. Max Weber letters include comments on his painting and sculpting, his retrospective show at the Whitney, the art press, national politics, and also refer to Stieglitz and Marin. An extensive group of correspondence with Stanton MacDonald-Wright is mostly undated; MacDonald-Wright writes freely about Stieglitz, the "291" group of artists, and his partner in Synchromism, Morgan Russell. Also included are letters from Piet Mondrian related to collecting, as well as letters from unidentified correspondents.

Warner's collecting files consist of diverse materials concerning his research, writing, and relationships with artists whose paintings he collected, particularly Roland Dorcely and Stanton MacDonald-Wright. Included are biographical sketches; writings about and by the artists, including manuscripts and published materials; newspaper and magazine clippings; exhibition announcements and catalogs; and photographs of works of art. Writings by Roland Dorcely, on the subject of his artistic process and perspective, include handwritten essays in French as well as typed English translations. Published articles from Script magazine (1945-1946) by Stanton MacDonald-Wright document his career as an art critic. Writings on Alexander Calder and Paul Rosenburg, taken from Warner's journal on Calder, and on the early relationship of Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, documented on a visit with Stieglitz on May 3, 1944, are also present.

Artwork consists of work by Alexander Calder and Roland Dorcely. Calder's work includes sketches proposing mobiles with notations as to material, scale, and cost. Dorcely's work includes sketches in graphite and ink of abstract figures and objects.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 3 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Correspondence, 1940-1963 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1-2)

Series 2: Collecting Files, circa 1940-1975 (12 folders; Box 2, OV 3)

Series 3: Artwork, circa 1945-circa 1965 (2 folders; Box 2)
Biographical / Historical:
Keith Warner (1895-1959) was an American art collector. Warner was born and lived in Gloversville, New York, and maintained a manufacturing business that took him to New York City intermittently. Warner began collecting Chinese porcelains after World War I, and a few years later his interest shifted to American abstract painting. Warner retired from business in 1944. His collection was sold gradually after his death, mostly to private collectors, though some works are in museums in the United States and Japan.
Provenance:
The Keith Warner papers were donated in 1992 by Edna K. Allen, wife of Keith Warner.
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.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State)  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Art -- Haiti  Search this
Art, Abstract -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Synchromism (Art)  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Illustrated letters
Sketches
Citation:
Keith Warner papers, 1935-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.warnkeit
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Keith Warner papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97cf79e0a-b1cc-4c06-bf03-80608f90eb97
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-warnkeit
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Synchromy No. 3: Color Counterpoint (Creavit Deux Hominem), (painting)

Painter:
Russell, Morgan 1886-1953  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd Street New York New York 10019
Date:
1913
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8C040030
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_419250

Morgan Russell

Collection Creator:
Zabriskie Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 106, Folder 59
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Zabriskie Gallery Records, 1905-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Zabriskie Gallery records
Zabriskie Gallery records / Series 11: Photographic Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9073c4e62-4d96-4491-8df2-48f870b412ee
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-zabrgall-ref4210

Portrait of Morgan Russell

Artist:
Amedeo Modigliani, 1884 - 1920  Search this
Sitter:
Morgan Russell, 1886 - 29 May 1953  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
99.1 × 64.8cm (39 × 25 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1918
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Neckwear\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Morgan Russell: Male  Search this
Morgan Russell: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Object number:
NY990580
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4ee8fc180-938a-4943-af54-35496ee2a335
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY990580

Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs

Collection Creator:
Reid, Robert Dennis, 1924-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1975, circa 1960s-1970s
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
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:
Robert Dennis Reid papers, 1961-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Robert Dennis Reid papers
Robert Dennis Reid papers / Series 3: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d0c0296f-65a5-47fe-b3c6-90b4ab171d42
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-reidrobd-ref21
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Andrew Dasburg and Grace Mott Johnson papers, 1833-1980, bulk 1900-1980

Creator:
Dasburg, Andrew Michael, 1887-1979  Search this
Johnson, Grace Mott, 1882-1967  Search this
Subject:
Cramer, Florence Ballin  Search this
Carlson, John F.  Search this
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Frankl, Walter  Search this
Davidson, Jo  Search this
Davidson, Florence Lucius  Search this
Sterling, Lindsey  Search this
Wright, Alice Morgan  Search this
Kuhn, Vera  Search this
Lockwood, Ward  Search this
Howard, Lila  Search this
Johnson, Grace Mott  Search this
Riley, Mary G.  Search this
Simonson, Lee  Search this
Luhan, Mabel Dodge  Search this
McFee, Henry Lee  Search this
Type:
Poetry
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Andrew Dasburg and Grace Mott Johnson papers, 1833-1980, bulk 1900-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State)  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7320
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209473
AAA_collcode_dasbandr
Theme:
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209473
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Jean Gabriel Lemoine papers relating to Morgan Russell, 1921-1923

Creator:
Lemoine, Jean Gabriel, b. 1891-  Search this
Subject:
Russell, Morgan  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Senghor, Michael  Search this
Citation:
Jean Gabriel Lemoine papers relating to Morgan Russell, 1921-1923. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Synchromism (Art)  Search this
Theme:
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8397
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210571
AAA_collcode_lemojean
Theme:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210571
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Henry John Weeks papers, 1965-1973

Creator:
Weeks, Henry John  Search this
Subject:
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Russell, Morgan  Search this
Lundeberg, Helen  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Jean  Search this
Neubert, George W.  Search this
Adlmann, Jan Ernst  Search this
Wong, Jason D.  Search this
Conklin, Dallas M.  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser  Search this
Gardiner, Henry G.  Search this
Citation:
Henry John Weeks papers, 1965-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8756
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210937
AAA_collcode_weekhenr
Theme:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210937

Rose Fried Gallery Records, 1936-1972, bulk 1945-1970

Creator:
Rose Fried Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Kandinsky, Wassily  Search this
Mondrian, Piet  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Xceron, Jean  Search this
Fried, Rose  Search this
Baertling, Olle  Search this
Hendler, Raymond  Search this
Torres-García, Joaquín  Search this
Cunningham, Ben  Search this
Richter, Hans  Search this
Delaunay, Sonia  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Morgan, Russell  Search this
Ferren, John  Search this
Picabia, Francis  Search this
Etrog, Sorel  Search this
Pinacotheca Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Rose Fried Gallery Records, 1936-1972, bulk 1945-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Art, Abstract  Search this
Theme:
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5539
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211103
AAA_collcode_rosefrig
Theme:
Art Gallery Records
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211103
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Douglas MacAgy papers, 1916-1973

Creator:
MacAgy, Douglas, 1913-1973  Search this
Subject:
Murphy, Gerald  Search this
Russell, Morgan  Search this
Lipman, Jean  Search this
Citation:
Douglas MacAgy papers, 1916-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Theme:
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9030
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211219
AAA_collcode_macadoug
Theme:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211219

Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Subject:
Hauke, Cesar M. de (Cesar Mange)  Search this
Glaenzer, Eugene  Search this
Haardt, Georges  Search this
Seligman, Germain  Search this
Seligmann, Arnold  Search this
Parker, Theresa D.  Search this
Waegen, Rolf Hans  Search this
Trevor, Clyfford  Search this
Seligmann, René  Search this
Seligmann, Jacques  Search this
De Hauke & Co., Inc.  Search this
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Eugene Glaenzer & Co.  Search this
Germain Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Gersel  Search this
Type:
Gallery records
Citation:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Mackay, Clarence Hungerford, 1874-1938 -- Art collections  Search this
Schiff, Mortimer L. -- Art collections  Search this
Arenberg, duc d' -- Art collections  Search this
Liechtenstein, House of -- Art collections  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
La Fresnaye, Roger de, 1885-1925  Search this
Art, Renaissance  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Art treasures in war  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Theme:
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9936
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212486
AAA_collcode_jacqself
Theme:
Art Gallery Records
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212486
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University of Delaware photographs of artists, 1975

Creator:
University of Delaware. Dept. of Art History  Search this
Citation:
University of Delaware photographs of artists, 1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Painters, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- Photographs  Search this
Sculptors -- United States -- Photographs  Search this
Theme:
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10091
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212972
AAA_collcode_univdela
Theme:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212972

Stanton Macdonald-Wright letters to Morgan Russell, 1913-1938

Creator:
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Subject:
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Russell, Morgan  Search this
Citation:
Stanton Macdonald-Wright letters to Morgan Russell, 1913-1938. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10346
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213559
AAA_collcode_macdstan5
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213559

Microfilm of the Morgan Russell papers, 1891-1977

Creator:
Russell, Morgan, 1886-1953  Search this
Subject:
Kikoïne, Michel  Search this
Huston, Walter  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Stravinsky, Igor  Search this
Stein, Leo  Search this
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt  Search this
Alvarez, Mabel  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Citation:
Microfilm of the Morgan Russell papers, 1891-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Synchromism (Art)  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10517
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213947
AAA_collcode_russmorg
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213947

Stanton Macdonald-Wright letters to Alan and Fanny Leslie, 1968-1976

Creator:
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Subject:
Russell, Morgan  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Leslie, Alan  Search this
Leslie, Fannie  Search this
Citation:
Stanton Macdonald-Wright letters to Alan and Fanny Leslie, 1968-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6174
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216408
AAA_collcode_macdstan2
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216408

Luvena Vysekal newspaper clippings and photos relating to Edouard Vysekal, 1910-1942

Creator:
Vysekal, Luvena Buchanan, 1873-1954,  Search this
Subject:
Vysekal, Edouard A.  Search this
Citation:
Luvena Vysekal newspaper clippings and photos relating to Edouard Vysekal, 1910-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6249
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216573
AAA_collcode_vyseluve
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216573

Morgan Russell sketches and notes, circa 1912-1920

Creator:
Russell, Morgan, 1886-1953  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Citation:
Morgan Russell sketches and notes, circa 1912-1920. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Synchromism (Art)  Search this
Theme:
Art Collectors  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)22105
AAA_collcode_russemor
Theme:
Art Collectors
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_22105

Morgan Russell

Collection Creator:
Zabriskie Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 20, Folder 77
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1982
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Zabriskie Gallery Records, 1905-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Zabriskie Gallery records
Zabriskie Gallery records / Series 5: Registrar Records / 5.3: Inventories
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f04dd692-f223-48c2-b2fc-7929bb072cf2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-zabrgall-ref886

Morgan Russell Self-Portrait

Artist:
Morgan Russell, 1886 - 29 May 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Morgan Russell, 1886 - 29 May 1953  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
72cm x 53.5cm (28 3/8" x 21 1/16"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1907
Topic:
Self-portrait  Search this
Morgan Russell: Male  Search this
Morgan Russell: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Howard Weingrow
Object number:
NPG.69.57
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Morgan Russell
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f449cb5c-abaa-4b38-973c-d4ea9bf3590c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.69.57

Mabel Alvarez papers

Creator:
Alvarez, Mabel, 1891-1985  Search this
Names:
Honolulu Academy of Arts  Search this
Otis Art Institute  Search this
San Joaquin Pioneer Museum  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Extent:
2.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Date:
1898-1987
Summary:
The Mabel Alvarez papers measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1898 to 1987. The papers include scattered biographical information, scattered letters, unpublished prose, printed materials, sketchbooks, expense books, notebooks, diaries and journals, address books, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting the life and career of Los Angeles painter Mabel Alvarez.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Mabel Alvarez (1898-1985) measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1898-1987. The collection documents both her painting career as well as her personal life through correspondence, original writings, sketches, printed material, diaries and journals, financial records, and scrapbooks.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eleven series based primarily on document type and chronological order.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1907-1970 (Box 1; 3 folders; reel 5672)

Series 2: Letters, 1909-1978 (Box 1; 1 folder; reel 5672)

Series 3: Writings, 1898, 1910-1935, undated (Box 1; 11 folders; reel 5672)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1917-1987, undated (Box 1; 10 folders; reel 5672)

Series 5: Sketchbooks, 1949-1950, undated (Box 1; 2 folders; reel 5672)

Series 6: Expense Books, 1914-1977 (Box 1; 1 folder; reel 5672)

Series 7: Notebooks on Exhibition and Paintings, 1921-1953 (Box 1; 1 folder; reel 5673)

Series 8: Diaries and Journals, 1909-1984 (Box 1-2; 15 folders; reel 5673-5675)

Series 9: Address Books, undated (Box 2; 2 folders; reel 5675)

Series 10: Photographs, 1905-1983, undated (Box 2; 5 folders; reel 5675)

Series 11: Scrapbooks, 1898-1984 (Box 3; 2 scrapbooks; reel 5675)
Biographical Note:
Mabel Alvarez (1891-1985) established her career as a portrait painter in California. Born in Hawaii, she moved to Los Angeles as a child and later studied with Stanton Macdonald Wright. Her early work was characterized by interests in Symbolism and Art Nouveau as well as the influences of Impressionism. Alvarez also studied with William Cahill at the School for Illustration and Painting which Cahill founded with John Hubbard Rich in 1914.

As a young woman, Alvarez was influenced by the philosophical writings of Will Levington Comfort, who espoused the principles of Theosophy and Eastern mysticism. She attended lectures and meditation sessions at Comfort's Highland Park home, experiences which fostered artistic experimentation and departure. Alvarez became part of the "Group of Eight" in 1922, a forward thinking artists collective which veered away from the predictable standards of the California Art Club. The members of the group were Henri de Kruif, Luvena and Edouard Vysekal, Donna Schuster, Roscoe Shrader, Clarence Hinkle and her former teacher, John Hubbard Rich.

Her work took a decisive turn when she met the painter Morgan Russel in 1927. At this time her paintings became more figurative rather than decorative or ambiguous, with delicate choices of color, a skill she mastered by the end of her career. Mabel Alvarez continued to paint through her sixties and seventies, and to exhibit regularly, including with the Women Painters West organization. She is noted for her important role in the emergence of Southern California Modernism and is remembered for her contribution to California Impressionism as well as to figure, still life and portrait painting.

Mabel Alvarez died on March 13, 1985 at the age of 93.
Provenance:
The Mabel Alvarez papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1988 by Glenn Basset, art dealer and friend of Mabel Alvarez.
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Portrait painters -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
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Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
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Diaries
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Citation:
Mabel Alvarez papers, 1898-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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