Bernard Langlais papers, 1961-1974

Langlais, Bernard, b. 1921 d. 1977
Painter, Sculptor
Active in New York, N.Y.; Cushing, Me.

Collection size: Reels 859-860: 535 items. Addition: 3.0 linear ft.

Collection Summary: REELS 859-860: Biographical material; correspondence; photographs; a sketch; lecture; exhibition catalogs; and clippings. ADDITION: Biographical materials; awards and certificates; correspondence; financial records; photographs of Langlais, his family, and his work; sketchbooks and sketches; clippings; publicity materials; exhibition catalogs; reference material. [Included is the material previously lent and microfilmed on reels 859-860.]

Biographical/Historical Note: Sculptor, painter; Cushing, Maine. Langlais, a French-Canadian and Indian native of Maine, attended the Corcoran School of Art, moved to New York, and became a close friend of many of the rising New York artists. Tiring of the New York competitive art scene, he returned to Maine, abandoned abstract painting, and achieved considerable success with monumental wooden outdoor sculpture.

Papers on reels 859-860 were lent for microfilming in 1974 by Langlais. They were subsequently returned along with additional papers in 1997 from Langlais' widow, Helen Friend Langlais.

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