Maurice Grosser papers, [undated] and 1919-1983

Grosser, Maurice, b. 1903 d. 1986
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.6 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Correspondence, writings, artwork and printed material.

REEL D285: Correspondence discusses Grosser's artwork, his book THE PAINTER'S EYE, his parents, and includes a photocopy of a letter from Gertrude Stein authorizing the use of her plays LADIES VOICES and WHAT HAPPENED. Printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements, catalogs, and a program from the play FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS by Gertrude Stein with scenery by Grosser. Other material consists of writings and scripts by Grosser.

REEL 370: Four undated letters from Grosser to his parents; newspaper clippings about his parents, 1940 and 1950; a list of Grosser's exhibitions, 1923-1962, and other biographical material; 5 photographs of Grosser (2 of the 5 are not filmed); articles by Grosser from the magazines, REALITY and THE NATION, 1953-1971; 10 sketchbooks containing pencil and ink drawings; and a book by Grosser, PAINTING IN PUBLIC, 1948 with annotations.

UNMICROFILMED MATERIAL: A resume, 5 sketchbooks containing pencil and ink drawings, slides of artwork, exhibition announcements, catalogs, clippings and postcards. Writings include a typescript and a final version of the film PAINTER'S PROGRESS, and 2 autographed books by Grosser, CRITIC'S EYE and PAINTER'S PROGRESS.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, designer, critic, writer; New York, N.Y.

Material on reel D285 lent for microfilming 1966 by Maurice Grosser. Portions were subsequently donated by Grosser 1971 with additional material.

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