A. G. (Abel George) Warshawsky papers, circa 1900-1988

Warshawsky, A. G. (Abel G.), b. 1883 d. 1962
Active in Paris, France; New York, N.Y.; Monterey, Calif.

Collection size: 3.8 linear ft.

Collection Summary: REEL 3893: A manuscript of Warshawsky's unpublished autobiography, "My Brush With Life."

UNMICROFILMED: Typescripts of two versions of Warshawksy's autobiography, "The Autobiography," and "Adventures with Color and Brush," which is a revision of the former, ending in 1941; letters to his wife, Ruth; six albums of photographs of artwork; one family photograph album; miscellaneous photographs and slides; original prints; one scrapbook containing printed materials (1913-1952); printed portfolio (1927); and sketchbooks.

Warshawsky's autobiography records his life in Paris, activities, and acquaintances as a young art student in Paris. He recalls meeting Winslow Homer, (Gustave) Dounies Courtois, Modigliani, Paul Signac and Auguste Renoir. Mentioned most often are Jack Casey, Arthur Burdett Frost, Jr., Samuel Halpert, Ben Kafka, David Karfunkle, Leon Kroll, Louis Loeb, Henry Mathes, Ivan Olinsky, Alfred Rigny, Hugo Robus, Daniel Gale Turnbull, Alexander Warshawsky (his brother), Wythe Williams, and William Zorach.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; New York, Paris, and Monterey, Calif. Full name Abel George Warshawsky. Also nicknamed "Buck". Warshawsky was born in 1883 in Cleveland. He studied art in New York at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. In 1908, he went to Paris to study, and stayed there thirty years. He returned to New York after the death of his first wife in the early 1930s, and eventually settled in Monterey with his second wife, Ruth, where he continued to paint. He died in 1962.

"My Brush with Life" (on reel 3893) was donated 1978 by Warshawsky's widow. The unmicrofilmed material was donated 1996 by Froma Goldberg, his neice. The autobiographies, or similar copies of them, were used by Ben L. Bassham in his publication of The Memories of an American Impressionist (c1980 : Kent State University Press)

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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