Max Bohm papers, 1873-1970, bulk 1880-1959

Bohm, Max, b. 1868 d. 1923
Active in Bronxville, N.Y.; Provincetown, Mass.

Collection size: 5.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of painter Max Bohm measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1873-1970, with the bulk of the material dating from 1880-1959. Biographical material includes a file concerning the Provincetown artist's club The Beachcombers. Also found within the papers is detailed family correspondence, as well as general correspondence that includes exchanges with patron Mary Bucher Longyear and dealer William Macbeth. Also found are scattered business records; five diaries written by Bohm's wife Zella; other notes and writings; art work including sketchbooks, loose drawings, and oil paintings; printed material; and photographs of Bohm, his family, and colleagues including artists attending a Salmagundi dinner. There is also a motion picture film, "Six Foot Art, in Which Max Bohm, Member of the National Academy Tells How He Does It."

Biographical/Historical Note: Max Bohm (1868-1923) was a painter in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Max Bohm was born on January 21, 1868, in Cleveland, Ohio. He began his study of art in 1887 and studied in artist communities in Brittany and in Paris at the Academie Julian with Boulanger, Lefebvre, and Benjamin Constant. He and his family spent the next several decades moving between France, England, and various places in the U.S. Eventually, they settled in Bronxville, N.Y. and had a cottage in Provincetown, Massachussets, where Bohm died on September 19, 1923.

The Max Bohm papers were donated in two installments in 1972 by Esther Locke and Elizabeth Schwarz, the artist's daughters.

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Separated materials: Biographical material, scattered letters, notes and writings, drawings, clippings, exhibition catalogs, booklets, a scrapbook, and photographs of Bohm, his family, colleagues, and residences were loaned for microfilming in 1972 and returned to the lender. Loaned materials are available on microfilm reels 420-421 and for interlibrary loan, but are not described in the container listing of the finding aid.