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Ernest Briggs papers, circa 1900-2013, bulk 1940-1984

Briggs, Ernest, 1923-1984


Collection Information

Size: 2.4 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter Ernest Briggs measure 2.4 linear feet and date from circa 1900-2013, bulk 1940-1983. The collection documents the life and career of this second generation abstract expressionist through biographical material; correspondence with artists and critics; writings and five diaries that chronicle the changing art world from 1950s-1970s; personal business records; printed material; and a significant amount of photographic material documenting the artist and his work. Papers dating from after Briggs's death were created and kept by Anne Arnold.
Notable correspondents include Hubert Crehan, Mary McChesney, Dorothy Miller, Clyfford Still, and Howard Wise. One outgoing letter to Clement Greenberg offers Briggs's criticism of "Art and Culture."

Biographical/Historical Note

Ernest Briggs (1923-1984) was a second generation abstract expressionist painter working in New York City and Maine. Briggs was married to sculptor, Anne Arnold.


Ernest Briggs donated papers in 1980 with the bulk of the collection donated in 2015 by the Anne Arnold Estate, via Robert Brooks and Janice Kasper, executors.

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