Cathedral City, Calif.
Collection size: 162 items (0.4 linear ft.) + typed excerpts.
Collection Summary: 162 letters written by transcendental and abstract artist Agnes Pelton to her friend, the author Jane Levington Comfort, from her homes and studios in Water Mill, N.Y. and Cathedral City, Calif., and while on vacation in various locations, including Santa Barbara, Keen Camp, Idylwild, and Hollywood, Calif. The letters include descriptions of the heat and life in the desert, her paintings, exhibitions and relationships with her friends and family. Some of the letters are addressed to Jane Annixter, Comfort's pen name. Included are transcripts of excerpts from the letters (transcribed by Cornelia Sussman).
Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Cathedral City, Calif. Pelton grew up in New York and established a studio on Long Island before moving west and settling in Cathedral City, Calif. in 1931. Pelton, who exhibited in the 1913 Armory Show, is enjoying a revival of interst in her symbolist work. Her paintings include transcendentals/abstracts, florals, and representational desert landscapes. Pelton was one of the founders of the Transcendental Painting Group formed in New Mexico in 1939. These letters document thrirty years of her life in the Palm Springs area as well as her friendship with Jane Levington Comfort.
Donated 1997 by Joan C. Crisci. Comfort bequeathed the letters to Pelton biographers Cornelia and Irving Sussman, and authorized Crisci to donate them.
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