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Benjamin Kopman papers, [ca.1903]-1958

Kopman, Benjamin, 1887-1965

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: Art work by various artists; photographs of Kopman, his family and one of his works; reproductions of works; and exhibition catalogs.
Art works consist of an oil sketch of mice eating, probably by Claude Buck (1903); prints by Felix Russman, Jennings Tofel, James S. Hulme, Claude Buck, M. Rosenbloom, and unidentified artists; a sketch by Claude Buck of his father, W.R. Buck; an unidentified pencil sketch of a workman using a grindstone and a print of the same subject. Photographs show works by Kopman and an unidentified artist, and Kopman and his family in Haddam, Connecticut (1920). Other materials include reproductions of work by Kopman and Claude Buck, an exhibition catalog, Introspective Art, and an Emil Carlsen Memorial Exhibition catalog.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, etcher, lithographer, illustrator, sculptor, writer; b. Dec. 25, 1887, Vitebsk, Russia; emigrated to U.S. in 1903; d. Dec. 3, 1965, Teaneck, N.J. Kopman's wife, Grace, was the sister of artist Claude Buck. Buck and Kopman were friends and fellow-students at the National Academy of Design. Emil Carlsen was one of their teachers. Kopman, Buck, Abraham Harriton and Jennings Tofel formed the "Introspective" group of subjectivist painters.


Donated 1990 by Diana V. Link, daughter of Benjamin Kopman.

Related Materials

Benjamin Kopman papers also at Syracuse University.

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Benjamin Kopman papers, [ca.1903]-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.