Xavier Gonzalez papers, 1908-1997

Gonzalez, Xavier, b. 1898 d. 1993
Painter, Sculptor
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 14.1 linear feet

Collection Summary: Correspondence, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, printed material, photographs, notes and writings.

REELS N68-113, N69-42, N69-43: 8 sketchbooks with notes, correspondence, and exhibition catalogs, 1937-1964.

REEL N70-16: Ca. 200 photographs, 1930-1969, of Gonzalez, his friends including one of Gonzalez with Phillip Rhys Adams, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, his studio, his jewelry, statuary, constructions, three photos of Masked Ball Costumes designed by Gonzalez, eleven photos of Gonzalez's wife Ethel Edwards, of which some include Gonzalez, a photo of Gonzalez, his wife, Arthur Osver, and others an an exhibition of Edwards' paintings, 1940, and paintings; notes and sketches concerning Gonzalez's problems drawing nature and relating appearances to the structure of matter; letters; clippings, catalogs, and announcements.

REEL N70-53: Nine scrapbooks, 1945-1962, including correspondence; photographs; sketches; writings; and clippings.

REEL 858: Correspondence, 1939-1970, mainly between Gonzalez and his wife concerning his work in Egypt in 1955; writings "Sketchbook, Egypt 1955", "The Painting of a Picture, 1962", "Story of Arthur the Mouse", "Class Notes for Summer, Wellfleet, Mass., 1948" plus lecture notes, notes on art, and poems; photographs of Gonzalez, his friends, and artwork; designs and sketches; printed material includes clippings, maps, exhibition announcements and catalogs.

REEL 3814: A manuscript "Notes About Painting", 1953; a scrapbook, 1928-1966, containing clippings, press releases, exhibition announcements and catalogs; and photographs, 1932-1968, of Gonzalez in his studio and of his artwork.

UNMICROFILMED: Notes, sketches, a woodcut, photographs and monoprints, undated; and a scrapbook containing biographical information, sketches, letters, photographs, notes, and printed material, ca. l954-l964.

ADDITION: This addition includes material that was lent for microfilming in 1968-69. In addition to correspondence, exhibition catalogs, and clippings, found are numerous photographs of Gonzalez and of his paintings, sculpture, and jewelry. There are five boxes of sketchbooks and scrapbooks, two of which are large transfiles. Of special interest is an illustrated book, Arthur the Mouse, and a series of illustrated love notes made for Ethel Edwards.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, sculptor, teacher;New York, N.Y. and Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Died 1993. Born in Almeria, Spain. Became a United States citizen. Taught at Tulane University, the Brooklyn Museum, Art Students League, N.Y.C., and the Summer School of Art, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Has done mural commissions in Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana.

Material on reels N68-113, N69-42 & 43, and N70-53 lent for microfilming 1968-1969 by Xavier Gonzalez. He donated material on reels N70-16 and 858 and the unmicrofilmed papers. Material on reel 3814 and unmicrofilmed scrapbook donated 1984 and 1992 by the George Arents Research Library, Syracuse University. In 1999, the estate of Ethel Edwards Gonzalez donated an additional 14 feet, which included some of the material previously lent for microfilming.

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