Wish You Were Here: Artists on Vacation

June 28 to September 21, 2007
Exhibited in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in Washington, D.C.

This exhibition documents how vacationing artists escaped from their everyday lives.

“Many artists view vacations as a time to get out of the city, to recharge in a new environment with sympathetic souls,” said Liza Kirwin, curator of manuscripts for the Archives of American Art. Getting away, however, does not mean leaving the canvas or sketchbook behind. Artists are always working, Kirwin added, and vacations are habitually regarded as an opportunity to paint, draw and study.

The exhibition includes letters, travel journals, sketchbooks, snapshots, passports and postcards from vacationing artists. Artists include Cecilia Beaux, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Jackson Pollock, John Sloan, Mary Cassatt, and many others.

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Jackson Pollock's passport

Jackson Pollock's passport, 1955 July 21

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Joseph Lindon Smith's passport

Joseph Lindon Smith's passport, 1916

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Joseph Lindon Smith's passport

Joseph Lindon Smith's passport, 1890

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Fairfield Porter's passport

Fairfield Porter's passport, 1931 August 4

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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 Edna Andrade: Drawing a Fine Line, Works from the Seventies

Edna Andrade: Drawing a Fine Line, Works from the Seventies , 1999 Nov. 19-Dec. 30

Creator: Locks Gallery (Philadelphia, PA)

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Edna Andrade notebook sheet

Edna Andrade notebook sheet, ca. 1923

Creator: Edna Andrade

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Doges Palace in Venice, Italy

Doges Palace in Venice, Italy, ca. 1936-1937

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Doges Palace in Venice, Italy

Doges Palace in Venice, Italy, ca. 1936-1937

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Doges Palace in Venice, Italy

Doges Palace in Venice, Italy, ca. 1936-1937

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'The 3' Edna Andrade and friends in Venice, Italy.

'The 3' Edna Andrade and friends in Venice, Italy., ca. 1936-1937

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Edna Andrade aboard a steamship

Edna Andrade aboard a steamship, circa 1936-1937

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Edna Andrade dressed for a family wedding.

Edna Andrade dressed for a family wedding., ca. 1922

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Edna Andrade on the beach.

Edna Andrade on the beach., July 1960

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Edna Andrade with her painting Nudes on a Beach.

Edna Andrade with her painting Nudes on a Beach., ca. 1949

Creator: Reuben Goldberg

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Sanford Robinson Gifford to Molly Gifford.

Sanford Robinson Gifford to Molly Gifford., Feb. 21, 1869

Creator: Sanford Robinson Gifford

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Sanford Robinson Gifford to Molly Gifford.

Sanford Robinson Gifford to Molly Gifford., July 8, 1869

Creator: Sanford Robinson Gifford

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Paul B. Travis to Mildred Travis

Paul B. Travis to Mildred Travis, 1927 Dec. 9

Creator: Paul B. Travis

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Eliot Candee Clark to Arthur Freeland Clark

Eliot Candee Clark to Arthur Freeland Clark, May 10, 1905

Creator: Eliot Candee Clark

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Eliot Clark in Venice

Eliot Clark in Venice, June 1905

Creator: Lee F. Randolph

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Eliot Clark seated on the ground

Eliot Clark seated on the ground, ca. 1905 June

Painter Eliot Clark (1883-1980) resting during his walking tour of Europe, ca. 1905 June. Eliot Candee Clark papers. The ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, collects, preserves, and makes available papers and other primary records documenting the visual arts in the United States. www.aaa.si.edu

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Eliot Clark in a cape at La alhambra, Granada, Spain.

Eliot Clark in a cape at La alhambra, Granada, Spain., ca. 1905

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Eliot Clark and an unidentified companion at La alhambra, Granada, Spain.

Eliot Clark and an unidentified companion at La alhambra, Granada, Spain., ca. 1905

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Eliot Clark's tour of Europe

Eliot Clark's tour of Europe, ca. 1905

Creator: Eliot Candee Clark

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Accounts for Eliot Clark's tour of Europe

Accounts for Eliot Clark's tour of Europe, ca. 1905

Creator: Eliot Candee Clark

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. Aug. 11, 1937

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb postcard to Paul Bodin

Adolph Gottlieb postcard to Paul Bodin, 1937 Oct. 27

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., June 2, 1938

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. June 26, 1938

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. July 7, 1941

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. July 23, 1942

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. July 19, 1944

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. July 18, 1945

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb postcard to Paul Bodin

Adolph Gottlieb postcard to Paul Bodin, 1946 May 27

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. May 24, 1947

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. July 13, 1960

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Esther G. Rolick in the swimming pool aboard the SS Saturnia

Esther G. Rolick in the swimming pool aboard the SS Saturnia, 1948 Sept.

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Esther G. Rolick at the Captain's Dinner aboard the SS Saturia.

Esther G. Rolick at the Captain's Dinner aboard the SS Saturia., Sept. 1948

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Esther G. Rolick at the Coliseum, Rome, Italy.  Her first trip to Europe.

Esther G. Rolick at the Coliseum, Rome, Italy. Her first trip to Europe., Dec. 1948

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Felicia Marsh at the beach

Felicia Marsh at the beach, ca. 1940

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1925 Oct. 7

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 June 28

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi to Lloyd Goodrich

Yasuo Kuniyoshi to Lloyd Goodrich, ca. 1926

Creator: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi to Lloyd Goodrich

Yasuo Kuniyoshi to Lloyd Goodrich, ca. 1926

Creator: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 Feb. 20

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 Jan. 26

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh postcard to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh postcard to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, ca. 1926

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Betty Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Betty Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, ca. 1926

Creator: Betty Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1936 July 31

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 July 2

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh postcard to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh postcard to Lloyd Goodrich, circa 1930

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, ca. 1926

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 Aug. 1

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 July 28

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 July 24

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 July 28

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Walt Kuhn photograph album, Nova Scotia

Walt Kuhn photograph album, Nova Scotia, 1912

Creator: Walt Kuhn

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Nova Scotia Summer diary

Nova Scotia Summer diary, 1912

Creator: Vera Kuhn

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Hermann Dudley Murphy sketchbook of travels through Europe

Hermann Dudley Murphy sketchbook of travels through Europe, between 1892 and 1908

Creator: Hermann Dudley Murphy

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Hermann Dudley Murphy sketchbook of travels through Mexico

Hermann Dudley Murphy sketchbook of travels through Mexico, 1936-1937

Creator: Hermann Dudley Murphy

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Travel sketchbook from Paris, France

Travel sketchbook from Paris, France, 1931

Creator: Harrison Cady

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Grace Albee sketchbook of travel in Germany and France

Grace Albee sketchbook of travel in Germany and France, 1931

Creator: Grace Albee

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Henry Bacon camping in Egypt

Henry Bacon camping in Egypt, ca. 1897

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Henry Bacon, seated, in a gondola in Venice.

Henry Bacon, seated, in a gondola in Venice., ca. 1890

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Henry Bacon and his wife Louis Lee Bacon.

Henry Bacon and his wife Louis Lee Bacon., ca. 1897

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Henry Bacon at his easel in Egypt.

Henry Bacon at his easel in Egypt., ca. 1897

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Henry Bacon standing behind a donkey in Egypt.

Henry Bacon standing behind a donkey in Egypt., ca. 1897

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Egyptian landscape

Egyptian landscape, 1903 Dec. 3

Creator: Henry Bacon

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Egypt, Athens, and Venice

Egypt, Athens, and Venice, Mar. - June, 1897

Creator: Henry Bacon

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Jacob Kainen's passport

Jacob Kainen's passport, 1985 Aug. 18

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Frans Wildenhain's passport

Frans Wildenhain's passport, 1957 Apr. 22

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Marcelle Labaudt's passport

Marcelle Labaudt's passport, 1954

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Trip to France

Trip to France, 1954 June 17 - July 17

Creator: Marcelle Labaudt

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Ad Reinhardt birthday card to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt birthday card to Selina Trieff, 1955 Feb. 3

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt Valentine to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt Valentine to Selina Trieff, 1955 Feb. 18

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, June 2, 1955

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff.

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff., Aug. 25, 1955

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, July 8, 1955

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, Feb. 25, 1957

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, May 2, 1957

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, June 3, 1957

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, July 18, 1957

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, Sept. 17, 1957

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt postcard to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt postcard to Selina Trieff, 1957 Oct. 24

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, Jan. 27, 1958

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, Mar. 12, 1958

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, June 27, 1960

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, Nov. 8, 1962

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, Aug. 4, 1967

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, between 1951 and 1967

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt to Selina Trieff, between 1951 and 1967

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Egyptian landscape

Egyptian landscape, 1903 Dec. 31

Creator: Henry Bacon

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Woods

Woods, between 1950 and 1991

Creator: James Schuyler

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Esther Rolick on an ocean liner

Esther Rolick on an ocean liner, Sept. 1948

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Esther Rolick on an ocean liner

Esther Rolick on an ocean liner, Sept. 1948

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Esther Rolick on an ocean liner

Esther Rolick on an ocean liner, Sept. 1948

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Esther Rolick on an ocean liner

Esther Rolick on an ocean liner, Sept. 1948

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Paul Bransom to Helen Ireland Hays

Paul Bransom to Helen Ireland Hays, Feb. 19, 1942

Creator: Paul Bransom

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Mary Cassatt on a houseboat

Mary Cassatt on a houseboat, 1911

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Aline and Eero Saarinen boating

Aline and Eero Saarinen boating, ca. 1955

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Aline and Eero Saarinen boating

Aline and Eero Saarinen boating, ca. 1955

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Aline and Eero Saarinen

Aline and Eero Saarinen, ca. 1955

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John French Sloan letter to Walter Pach

John French Sloan letter to Walter Pach, 1922 Aug. 4

Creator: John French Sloan

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John Sloan letter to Walter Pach

John Sloan letter to Walter Pach, 1920 June 9

Creator: John French Sloan

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Joseph Lindon Smith to  Parents

Joseph Lindon Smith to Parents, ca. May 1891

Creator: Joseph Lindon Smith

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Lewis Cohen and Frank DuMond

Lewis Cohen and Frank DuMond, 1908

Frank DuMond (1865-1951) and Lewis Cohen (1857-1915), going fishing, 1908. Frank Vincent DuMond papers. The ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, collects, preserves, and makes available papers and other primary records documenting the visual arts in the United States. www.aaa.si.edu

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Louis Rhead

Louis Rhead, ca. 1890

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Robert Vonnoh and Bessie Potter Vonnoh

Robert Vonnoh and Bessie Potter Vonnoh, ca. 1930

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Louis and Marian Bouché

Louis and Marian Bouché, circa 1950

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Cecilia Beaux and two women outdoors

Cecilia Beaux and two women outdoors, ca. 1900

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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner at the beach

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner at the beach, ca. 1955

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Jackson Pollock, Clement Greenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner and an unidentified child at the beach

Jackson Pollock, Clement Greenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner and an unidentified child at the beach, 1952 July

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Betty and Harry Bowden on the beach at Carmel, California.

Betty and Harry Bowden on the beach at Carmel, California., ca. 1940

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Fairfield Porter in Maine

Fairfield Porter in Maine, ca. 1946

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Fairfield Porter with his dog Bruno, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine

Fairfield Porter with his dog Bruno, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, ca. 1972

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Great Spruce Head Island, Maine

Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, ca. 1970

Creator: Fairfield Porter

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. 1935

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Robert Henri diary

Robert Henri diary, 1891

Creator: Robert Henri

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Palmer Hayden sketchbook of New York and Paris

Palmer Hayden sketchbook of New York and Paris, 1929

Creator: Palmer C. Hayden

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