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Arthur B. Carles papers, 1912-1983

Arthur B. Carles papers, 1912-1983

Carles, Arthur B., 1882-1952

Painter, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Philadelphia painter Arthur B. Carles measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1912 to 1983. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, personal business records, printed materials, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur B. Carles (1882-1952) was a painter and art instructor active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Provenance

The Arthur B. Carles papers were donated by Sara F. Swanson in 1985. Additional papers were donated by Perry Ottenberg in 1985.

Related Materials

Funding

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation of American Art.

Location of Originals

  • REEL 1052: Originals in the possession of Steven Casamassima.
  • REELS 4270-4273: Originals in the possession of Perry Ottenberg.

A Finding Aid to the Arthur B. Carles papers, 1912-1983, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Jayna M. Josefson
Biographical/Historical note
Arthur B. Carles (1882-1952) was a painter and art instructor active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Born in 1882 in Philadelphia, Arthur B. Carles studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1900-1907. There he studied with Thomas Pollock Anshutz, Hugh Breckenridge, Henry McCarter, Cecilia Beaux, and William Merritt Chase. Carles traveled to France in 1907 and stayed until 1910, becoming close friends with John Marin and Eduard Steichen. He displayed his work in the Salon d'Automne of 1908.
Upon Carles' return to Philadelphia, he accepted a position at the Pennsylvania Academy as an instructor of French and American modernism. In 1910 his work was included in the "Younger American Painters" show held at Alfred Stieglitz's New York gallery, 291. Also, Stieglitz gave Carles his first one-man show in 1912. Carles exhibited at the Armory Show of 1913.
Arthur Carles had one daughter, painter Mercedes Matter. He married Carolina Robinson as his second wife in 1972. Later in life, he suffered from alcoholism and had a stroke in 1941 that left him an invalid. Carles died in 1952.
Arrangement note
This collection is arranged as 1 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
Series 1: Arthur B. Carles papers, 1912-1983 (0.6 linear feet; Box 1-2, MGP 3)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of Philadelphia painter Arthur B. Carles measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1912 to 1983. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, personal business records, printed materials, and photographs.
Correspondence is found for Carles and his wife Caroline Robinson Carles and includes letters from Sarah Baker, R. Sturgis Ingersoll, Henry McCarter, John Marin, Leopold Seyffert, Maurice Speiser, Carroll and Henry Tyson, and Franklin Watkins, among others. One diary contains brief entries. Additional writings are by Carles and Perry Ottenberg. Photographs are of Carles, his studio, family and friends, exhibitions, and works of art.
Provenance
The Arthur B. Carles papers were donated by Sara F. Swanson in 1985. Additional papers were donated by Perry Ottenberg in 1985.
Separated Materials note
Additional papers of the Arthur B. Carles were loaned for microfilming by Steven Casamassima and Perry Ottenberg, and then returned. This material is available on reels 1052, and 4270-4273 and includes correspondence, writings and notes, business material, artwork, photographs, and business records.
Location of Originals
  • REEL 1052: Originals in the possession of Steven Casamassima.
  • REELS 4270-4273: Originals in the possession of Perry Ottenberg.
Processing Information note
The Arthur B. Carles papers were microfilmed upon receipt on two sets of microfilm. In 2013, the papers were processed and a finding aid prepared by Jayna Josefson with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. An additonal "finding aid" was prepared Barbara Wolanin, a Carles scholar. Glass plate negatives were re-housed in 2015 with a grant provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

Additional Forms Available

Portions of the papers were microfilmed on reels 3667 and 4076. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan but researchers are advised that the microfilm does not reflect the current order of the papers and may be incomplete.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Arthur B. Carles papers, 1912-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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