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

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

Briggs, Ernest, 1923-1984

Painter

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.

Provenance

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.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Ernest Briggs Papers, circa 1900-2013, bulk 1940-1984, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Hilary Price
Scope and Contents note
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. He was born in San Diego, California and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After returning home, Briggs studied at the California College of Fine Art in San Francisco from 1947-1951 under Clyfford Still, Ad Reinhardt, David Park, and Mark Rothko. He moved to New York in 1953 and began exhibiting at the Stable Gallery. In 1956 Briggs was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition,
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curated by Dorothy Miller. Briggs taught at Pratt Institute from 1961-1984. He was married to the sculptor Anne Arnold.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as seven series
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1942-1984 (1 folder; Box 1)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1950s-2001 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 3: Writings, 1960-19854 (5 folders; Box 1)
Series 4: Diaries, 1976-1984 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 5: Personal Business Records, 19460s-2000s (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 6: Printed Material, 1949-2013 (0.6 linear feet; Box 1-2, OV 4)
Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1900-1990, bulk 1940-1984 (0.8 linear feet; Box 2-3, OV 5)
Provenance
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.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Hilary Price in 2016.

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

Ernest Briggs papers, circa 1900-2013, bulk 1940-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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