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Charmion von Wiegand papers, 1926-1938 and undated

Von Wiegand, Charmion, 1896-1983

Painter, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of abstract painter, art critic, and art historian, Charmion von Wiegand, measure 0.4 linear feet and date from circa 1926-1938 and undated. The bulk of the collection consists of writings by von Wiegand.
Included are autobiographical writings (1926-1927) documenting von Wiegand's emotions, spiritual, and intellectual life with an emphasis on her childhood, family, and travels, and occassionally about works of art, but not her paintings; and a lengthy outline for an unpublished book, "The New Reality in Painting, a study of abstract movements in modern painting from Cubism to our own day in the United States," by Charmion von Wiegand and Carl Holty, undated. Also included are artist's statements by von Wiegand; a review of an exhibition of Surrealists at the Julien Levy Gallery, undated; a statement on cubism; an outline, "Abstract Art-The Art of our Epoch"; a synopsis of a book, "Cubism: The Artists and the Work"; an essay by von Wiegand, "American Painting and the European Tradition"; a carbon copy of a letter to her father, written from Mexico City, January 22, 1937 and a typescript of her "Mexican Diary," 1937; a partial letter from von Wiegand and her husband Joseph Freeman proposing a book about Russian artists (Freeman was the editor of New Masses); photocopies of several essays written in 1937-1938; and miscellaneous writings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charmion von Weigand (1896-1983) was an abstract painter, art critic, and art historian in New York, N.Y.


Provenance is unknown.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Charmion von Wiegand papers, 1926-1938 and undated. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.