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Eugene V. Biel-Bienne papers and Eugene V. Biel-Bienne estate papers, 1929-1974

Biel-Bienne, Eugene V., 1902-1969

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 5.0 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: The papers of painter and instructor Eugene Biel-Bienne and Eugene V. Biel-Bienne estate measure 5.0 linear feet and date from 1929-1974. Included are biographical material; correspondence regarding the French-American Art Institute, letters from artists and photocopies of correspondence with family members; photographs and negatives of Biel-Bienne and his wife, Hertha Maria Biel, and works of art; writings consisting of Biel-Bienne's unpublished memoir, "Close to the Exit," (1967) and drafts of his short stories; and printed material.
Papers concerning the administration of the Biel-Bienne estate and the distribution of his works of art consist of correspondence, tax returns and other legal and financial records. Most of the letters are from the executor, Robert A. Baldwin, and Martha Ertl, sister-in-law of Biel-Bienne.

Biographical/Historical Note

Eugene V. Biel-Bienne (1902-1969) was a painter and instructor who worked in Nashville, Tenn. Biel-Bienne was Director of the French-American Art Institute from 1956 to 1959.


Donated 1995 and 2017 by Paul Harmon, friend of Biel-Bienne and co-executor of his estate.Material on reel 5042 lent for microfilming by Paul Harmon in 1995.

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives are materials lent for microfilming (reel 5042) including a card index of art work, containing approximately 3,075 5x7 cards cataloging works of art by Biel-Bienne in his estate, prepared by his executors in the early 1970s. Each card includes a b&w photograph of the work, title, medium and support, date, exhibition history, and information about the signature, collection, location, and other reproductions.

Location of Originals

  • Card index Originals returned to lender after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Card index on microfilm reel 5042 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.

How to Cite This Collection

Eugene V. Biel-Bienne papers and Eugene V. Biel-Bienne estate papers, 1929-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.