Collection size: 10.3 linear feet
Collection Summary: Biographical material relating to John W. Taylor and correspondence relating to Taylor and Andrée Ruellan.
Biographical material includes material relating to Taylor's education, exhibition and membership history. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence, including letters between Ruellan and Taylor, written at times when the couple was apart. Other letters are from the artists Julius Bloch, John Herron, Howard Cook, Adolf and Virginia Dehn, William Eisner, Daniel Gelfand, Boyer Gonzales, Albert Heckman, Jules Heller, Sydney and Bea Laufman, Alex Minewski, Roland Mousseau, Isamu Noguchi, Elsa Schmid, Kendall Shaw, Eugene and Elsie Speicher, Maurice Sterne, Fritzi Striebel, Charmion von Wiegand, and others. There is also extensive correspondence with art dealers Antoinette Kraushaar, Louis Pollack, and Joel Rosenkranz and Janice Conner, and letters from art historians and writers, Marlene Park, Virginia Hersch, Philip Clark Horton, and Peter Bissell.
Biographical/Historical Note: John Taylor, b. 1897; d. 1983; painter, etcher, lithographer; Shady, N.Y. Taylor was married to painter Andrée Ruellan, b. 1905; d. 2006;, painter; Shady, New York. When the couple lived with Ruellan's mother, Lucette, in Shady, N.Y., much of the correspondence addresses all three as "the trio", as all three lived together until Lucette's death.
Donated in 2008 by Daniel Gelfand, a friend of Ruellan and Taylor.