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Ernest Fiene papers, 1926-1965

Fiene, Ernest, 1894-1965 or 1966

Lithographer, Painter, Etcher


Collection Information

Size: 3.8 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Summary: Correspondence, notes, photographs and printed materials concern Fiene's painting, publications and other art-related activities.
REELS 2353-2355: Correspondence (1926-1957) concerns art-related activities and the American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Engravers (1935-1936). A subject file on the Tupperware Art Fund contains applications (1953-1955) and photographs of Fiene painting. Printed material includes clippings (1930-1960) and exhibition catalogs for Paul Fiene (1933), Ernest Fiene (1926-1959) and the American Artists Council (1936). Three scrapbooks (1923-1961) contain clippings, exhibition catalogs and photographs of Fiene and his artworks. Other materials include a resume, an autobiographical account, a 1938 lecture, "Toward New Horizons", delivered at the Art Students League, and Alex Domonkos' (1954) notes on lectures by various artists, including Fiene's discussion of landscape painting.
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence (1957-1964) concerns art-related activities. Photographs show Fiene, working on the mural in the High School for Fashion Industries, and works of art, including murals for the Interior Department and the council room of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Other materials include a manuscript, a typescript and illustrations for Fiene's book COMPLETE GUIDE TO OIL PAINTING (1963-1964), clippings (1940-1964), exhibition catalogs (1964), 2 galley proofs and minutes (1957-1958) from 2 meetings at the National Academy of Design.
ADDITION: Letters from friends, including other artists, 1932-1965; passport and membership cards; financial records, consisting of banking records, invoices and receipts, insurance policies, and records of investments; and a few printed items and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, lithographer, etcher, illustrator and teacher. Died 1965.


Material on reels 2353-2355 lent by Maria Fiene, daughter of Ernest Fiene. Unfilmed material (0.8 ft.) donated by Syracuse University, 1984, and an additional 0.8 ft. donated by Maria Fiene, 1994.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels 2353-2355: Originals returned to the lender, Maria Fiene, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2353-2355 available for use 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

Ernest Fiene papers, 1926-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.