John Lorence papers relating to Carl Nelson, 1930-1992

Lorence, John
Active in Edgecomb, Me.

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft.
1 rolled doc.

Collection Summary: Letters, photographs, slides, printed material, and sound recordings. Included are letters to Lorence and his wife from Carl Nelson, 1964-1986; photographs and slides of Nelson, Lorence and others, Nelson's house in Maine, exhibitions and work by him; clippings; photographs of work by Harry Solon inscribed with Christmas wishes to Nelson; list of locations of Nelson's religious paintings given to Maine churches; a sound recording by Lorence, after a trip to Russia, of his conversation with Nelson and Egyptologist Richard Pierce about Russian artists and museums.

Other recordings include a conversation between Lorence and Nelson, 1980, an interview by art historian Robin Goodale with Nelson, Lorence, and William Kienbusch for a PBS radio station, and a memorial service for Nelson.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Edgecomb, Maine. Student 1951-1953 and close friend of painter, graphic artist and teacher Carl Nelson. Nelson was born in Sweden; studied at the Art Students League, N.Y., with Kimon Nicolaides. In 1964, Lorence bought a house near Nelson's in Maine. Nelson died Aug. 6, 1988 in Elmhurst, Ill.

Donated 1992 and 1993 by John Lorence. Letters from Nelson to Lorence, 1985-1986 are difficult to read due to Nelson's severe glaucoma; he later became blind.

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