Peter Blume papers, 1870-2001

Blume, Peter, b. 1906 d. 1992
Painter, Sculptor
Active in Sherman, Conn.; Gaylordsville, Conn.

Collection size: 7.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: Correspondence; art work; notes and writings; photographs; sound recordings; files; and printed material document Blume's career as a Surrealist painter and his later work in sculpture, as well as his close friendships with several literary figures.

Included are correspondence with galleries, museums, artists, writers, friends, and family members including his wife "Ebie"; gallery files; photographs of Blume, his wife, John Cheever, Arthur Miller, and others, of Blume's work, and exhibition photographs; writings by Blume on art and artists; journal of a Pacific cruise, 1954?; notes on Arshile Gorky's death; theses on Blume; transcript of an interview; casting bills from Italy; scrapbook; sound recordings of conversations with Blume, 1972, 1976; a reference file of photographs of works of art; numerous drawings, preliminary drawings and "doodles"; complete inventory of work at Dintenfass Gallery and Dintenfass files; price lists of works; list of oil paintings; notes, photographs and information on Hart Crane; manuscript of a biography of Blume by Frank Trapp with a foreword by Malcolm Cowley; minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1973-1976; exhibition catalogs; posters; books; and clippings.

Correspondents include Kirk Askew, Charles Buckley, Kenneth Burke, Malcolm Cowley, Charles Daniel, Peter and Katinka De Vries, John Hershey, Arthur Millier, and others. Also included are letters to Mrs. Blume.

Biographical/Historical Note: Peter Blume (1906-1992) was a painter in Sherman, Conn.

Donated 1993 by Grace Blume, widow of Peter Blume and in 2010 by Peter Blume via Jamie Vance, Catherine Weiss and Leigh Butler, Executors.

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