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Fernando Puma papers, 1932-1970

Puma, Fernando, 1915-1955



Collection Information

Size: 185 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters from Puma to his mother and family; letters from William Carlos Williams, Alfred Stieglitz, Julian Huxley, George Grosz, and others; letters from Sheldon Cheney to Puma's mother following Puma's death regarding exhibitions of his work and sales of his work. Also included are numerous articles on Puma, one by Cheney and by Williams; photographs of his work; clippings; and catalogs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York, N.Y. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico of Spanish and Indian ancestry. Moved to New York where he developed a personal theory of art called texturism which gave substance to both color and surface form through building up of colors.


The lender, Mrs. Ruth Friedman, is Puma's mother.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to lender, Ruth Friedman, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 31 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Fernando Puma papers, 1932-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.