Lynton Kistler and Jean Charlot papers, 1933-1982

Kistler, Lynton R. (Lynton Richards), b. 1897 d. 1993
Active in Los Angeles, Calif.

Charlot, Jean, b. 1898 d. 1979
Painter, Illustrator, Lithographer
Active in Honolulu,Hawaii

Collection size: 2 partial reels of microfilm.

Collection Summary: Correspondence between printmaker Lynton Kistler and artist Jean Charlot, 1933-1979, and letters between Kistler and Charlot's family after his death in 1979. Also included is a file on the Kistler and Charlot collaborative project for a series of color lithographs entitled PICTURE BOOK, printed in 1933 and 1973, and correspondence, 1953-1982, between Kistler and clients for his and Charlots' work.

Biographical/Historical Note: Lithographic printer. Kistler began working in the plant of his father, Will A. Kistler, and developed many advances in the use of the offset press. The Kistler Studio of Lithography, Los Angeles, was established to help artists cultivate the extensive possibilities of aluminum and zinc plates in color lithography. Jean Charlot was a lithographer and muralist who began his collaboration with Kistler in the 1930s. Their close association in the development of color lithography, and their friendship is reflected in these papers. Charlot went to Hawaii in 1949 to do a mural commission. He remained there until his death in 1979.

Lynton Kistler gave these papers to the Thomas Hale Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa, which owns the Jean Charlot papers. At Kistler's request these papers were photocopied for the Archives of American Art. After microfilming, AAA discarded the photocopies.

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