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Bernhard H. Berntsen papers, 1931-1987

Bernhard H. Berntsen papers, 1931-1987

Berntsen, Bernhard H. (Bernhard Hilmar), 1900-1992

Muralist, Painter, Metal-worker

Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear ft. (60 items partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Sketches, photographs, notes, a scrapbook, and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, mural painter, ironworker; Chicago, Ill., New York, N.Y. and Va. Born in Oslo, Norway. Berntsen also was the model for the laborer who stands behind Lenin in the controversial Diego Rivera mural for Radio City Music Hall.


Material on reel 2787 transferred from the National Collection of Fine Arts, who received it from Berntsen, 1975. Unmicrofilmed material donated 1993 and 2002 by Berntsen's great-grandson, Cliff Miller.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reel 2787 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Bernhard H. Berntsen papers, 1931-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.