Werner Drewes papers, 1838-2004, bulk 1890-1990

Drewes, Werner, b. 1899 d. 1985
Painter, Muralist, Printmaker
Active in New York, N.Y.; Calif.

Collection size: 15.6 linear ft. (partially microfilmed, reels 1497-1498)

Collection Summary: REELS 1497-1498: Personal correspondence with artists; business correspondence; four photographs of Drewes; five photo albums of his work; seventy exhibition catalogues; and six clippings.

REELS 1497-1498 and UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence; printed material; photographs; sketches and sketchbooks; inventories; diplomas; passports; genealogical records; and miscellany.

Included are letters from Josef Albers, Edward Boccia, Alexander Calder, Howard Dearstyne, Bourgoyne Diller, Katherine S. Dreier, Perle Fine, Adolph Gottlieb, Herbert Gralnick, Jean Helion, Carl Holty, Wassily Kandinsky, Gerhard Marcks, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Hans Moller, Abraham Rattner, Kurt Roesch, Karl Schrag, Albet Urban, and others, as well as correspondence with art dealers; inventories of works of art; newspaper clippings and magazine articles; exhibition catalogs and announcements; photographs and slides of Drewes, his works of art and his travels; approximately 40 sketchbooks and loose sketches. Also included are the papers of Mary Louise (Maria) Drewes, Drewes' wife, including family photographs, photographs of her jewelry, and sketches (1.0 linear ft.)

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, printmaker; Reston, Va.; b. 1899; d. 1985.

Material on reels 1497-1498 lent for microfilming by Werner Drewes in 1979 and subsequently donated with additional unmicrofilmed material in 2005 by Wolfram Drewes, Harald D. Drewes, and Bernard W. Drewes, sons of Werner Drewes.

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